D.A.: Election recommendation not politically motivated

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Shelby County District Attorney General says political motives were not a factor in urging a state Senate committee to make a recommendation on a disputed Memphis election.

The committee is investigating the September 15th special election that gave Democrat Ophelia Ford a 13-vote victory for the Senate seat formerly held by her brother John Ford.

Bill Gibbons wrote a letter to the committee, advising them not to wait on the results of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation review of the election.

Records show Gibbons donated a hundred dollars to Ford's opponent, Republican Terry Roland.

Gibbons says he made no recommendations on how the Senate should react, only that they should react.

Roland contends more than 160 ballots were cast by voters who may been ineligible because of residency outside District 29, paperwork errors or prior criminal convictions.

Earlier this month, 16 Republican Senators and one Democrat voted to void the election. Republican plans for a final, binding vote have been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

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