Ex-congressman investigating voter fraud gets precise details - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ex-congressman investigating voter fraud gets precise details

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former Tennessee congressman investigating allegations of voter fraud surrounding his sister's narrow win in a state Senate race says he got information about five suspicious ballots from a longtime member of the Shelby County Election Commission.

Harold Ford Senior is the brother of Democrat Ophelia Ford, who defeated Republican Terry Roland by 13 votes in the September 15th special election for the 29th District Senate seat.

Roland has repeatedly complained of election irregularities. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate after news reports that two Memphis residents who died weeks before the election were recorded as casting ballots.

Meanwhile, Harold Ford decided to launch his own investigation. He said he learned that certain poll workers' initials appear on ballot applications filled out in the names of the two dead voters and that he discovered the names of voters on the other three suspected ballots. Those contentions proved true when the records were released last week.

Harold Ford says he got details about the ballot applications from election commission member OC Pleasant, who confirmed he gave Ford the information.

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