Three more invalid votes found in Memphis state Senate election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Officials have identified three more felons voting in a disputed state Senate election in Memphis.

Officials said today the three push the total number of improper votes to 12, one shy of the 13-vote margin of victory for Democratic state Senator Ophelia Ford.

The election victory placed Ford in the state Senate seat her brother John Ford held for three decades before resigning in May under a federal corruption indictment.

Republican challenger Terry Roland and his supporters have said as many as 150 other votes were improper.

The full Senate voted last month to void the election, but a federal judge interrupted that process and said the Senate could proceed only if it has consistent standards for dismissing election results.

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