Report says illegal voting, other election problems rampant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - About 20,000 former Shelby County residents remain on the county's voter rolls, and nearly 1,700 of them have returned to vote in county elections -- many illegally.

That's according to an investigation by The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis.

The paper found that one ex-Shelby Countian appears to have voted twice on the same day in November 2004 -- once in Mississippi and once in Tennessee.

The findings come amid scrutiny of the county's election system. Last week, the state Senate voted to oust Senator Ophelia Ford of Memphis after finding too many voting irregularities in her 13-vote victory in a special election last fall.

The newspaper's investigation also found that the county's voter rolls are littered with the names of people who are dead, and many of the county's Election Day poll workers have long criminal records.

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