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No action Wednesday on request to void election of Ophelia Ford

A Senate committee looking into allegations of voter fraud in a special election declined Wednesday to seek throwing out the vote.

The winner of the September 15th election was Ophelia Ford and her victory was certified with a 13-ballot majority.

But The Commercial Appeal newspaper reviewed voter files and reported two people listed as voting in the election had died the previous month. The T-B-I was called in by the district prosecutor.

Terry Roland, the Republican candidate who lost the election, has repeatedly complained of voting irregularities.

Wednesday, members of the Senate committee reviewing the election said they hadn't had time to review documents presented by Roland's attorney just before they met. They also noted the T-B-I hasn't had time to complete its investigation.

The election was held to fill the seat of Ford's brother, longtime legislator John Ford, who resigned after he was indicted in a federal probe into allegations of bribery.

In all, six current or former public officials are awaiting trial in Operation Tennessee Waltz.

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