Precinct where dead voters' names used is dissolved

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Shelby County Election Commission has dissolved the North Memphis precinct where votes were cast using the names of dead people.

The precinct was part of the 29th state Senate district in which Senator Ophelia Ford won election by just 13 votes.

Commission Chairman Greg Duckett says Precinct 27-1 has been consolidated with an adjoining precinct. Duckett also says all poll workers from 27-1 have been barred from working future elections.

Duckett told The Commercial Appeal, "On its face, someone committed an illegal voting act."

The county election official says he thinks a poll worker or someone with knowledge about the voting process was behind the fake votes, which the TBI is investigating.

The commission also eliminated three other precincts, citing problems securing polling places.

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