Six charged with violating voting laws in disputed Tenn. election

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Six Memphis residents, including three poll workers, have been charged with violating election laws in a contested state Senate election last year.

Officials said today none of those indicted by a Shelby County grand jury worked for either of the campaigns and neither candidate has been accused of wrongdoing.

Democrat Ophelia Ford was certified the winner over Republican Terry Roland by 13 votes.

But the state Senate overturned the September election this year amid allegations of irregularities that included felons who voted and ballots cast in the names of voters who had died.

State prosecutor Bill Gibbons said the poll workers cast ballots in the names of dead voters. Gibbons said his investigation found no evidence of a widespread conspiracy to throw the election to either candidate.

He also said that there was no evidence that Ford knew about the casting of illegal votes in her favor.

The poll workers are charged with official misconduct and allowing voting by ineligible voters.

Three felons who cast ballots also were charged with violating election laws. All the counts are felonies.

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