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Ford Sr. sees GOP hand in dead vote
commercialappeal.com - Memphis, TN ^ | December 16, 2005 | Marc Perrusquia

Posted on 12/15/2005 10:45:42 PM PST by Eagle9

As a Shelby County voter fraud investigation lurches forward, former congressman Harold Ford Sr. isn't waiting for answers.

Ford said Thursday he's opened his own investigation into allegations that two dead voters cast ballots in the September state Senate race that his sister, Ophelia Ford, won by 13 votes.

Ford said he's not prepared to make any accusations, yet suggested evidence of any skulduggery will lead to Republicans, not his own Democratic Party.

"It's gotten to (where people are saying), 'Hey, we're out here voting dead people.' It is clear that is not the case. We know that for a fact,'' said Ford.

"We're going to get all the facts. The other side's got all the information, and I think that they are well aware of what took place and what went on.''

Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Bill Giannini called Ford's statements "absurd.''

"Tell Harold Ford Sr. that the folks at the Flat Earth Society say hello,'' Giannini said.

"All we said from day one is we wanted this (tight election) to be looked at. And for Harold Ford Sr. to get involved in it at this point is certainly puzzling.''

Emotions have flared since Ophelia Ford won a squeaker Sept. 15 over Republican challenger Terry Roland for the Dist. 29 Senate seat vacated by another Ford sibling. John Ford resigned in May after his indictment on bribery charges.

Contesting the results, Roland is asking the Senate to overturn the election, alleging widespread voting irregularities.

Meantime, an investigation by The Commercial Appeal found that the names of two elderly voters who died weeks before the election were used to cast ballots in a North Memphis precinct.

Requesting a criminal probe, Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Greg Duckett said he believes as many as five ballots may have been forged in heavily Democratic Precinct 27-1. Those ballots include the two cast in the names of dead voters as well as three others, he said.

Duckett said authorities are suspicious, in part, because ballot applications for all five votes appear to contain similar handwriting.

Duckett said at a Wednesday press conference he suspects the culprit is a poll worker or someone with specialized election knowledge, a suspicion advanced Thursday by longtime commissioner O.C. Pleasant.

"It took several persons involved to make happen what did happen,'' Pleasant said. "I don't know where it will lead to.''

Citing the criminal probe, election officials have declined to release the names of poll workers who manned the Precinct 27-1 polling place at Fire Station No. 6, at 924 Thomas.

Verline Mayo, the official in charge of the polling place, said she had no clue how votes were registered for Joe L. Light, 70, and Archie L. Kirkwood, 72, both of whom died weeks before the election.

"I don't know how that could have happened,'' said Mayo, 68, a longtime North Memphis resident who has worked as an Election Day poll worker since 1964 and who has overseen Precinct 27-1 for several years.

"We've got a pretty good clean record up there.''

Speaking in her North Memphis home, Mayo said she didn't have all the names of the poll workers who worked with her on Election Day.

Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons said he called the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday to open a criminal probe but said the investigation likely won't start in earnest until next week.

Not waiting around, Ford Sr. said he's already made several calls and intends to interview all 32 of the living voters who cast ballots in Precinct 27-1. Including ballots of the two dead voters, 34 votes were cast in the precinct, and 32 of them were for Ophelia Ford.

"We want the truth to come out,'' said Ford, 60, a lobbyist who served in Congress until 1997. His son, Rep. Harold Ford Jr., succeeded him.

Ford Sr. first called the newspaper on Wednesday to make it clear that his family business, N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, didn't bury Light or Kirkwood. On Thursday, Ford confirmed that J.E. Herndon, the funeral home operator who buried Kirkwood, also works for the Ford Funeral Home as an embalmer.

"This was an inside job,'' he said. "Why would Ophelia Ford want to get into the Election Commission and vote the dead?''

Despite his own suspicions, Ford said he believes fraud may be limited to the ballots of the two dead voters. The other three ballot applications with similar handwriting likely involved a poll worker assisting illiterate voters, he said.

Republicans invested a lot of money in North Memphis' Democratic precincts in advance of the election, Ford said, indicating that that's the trail to follow.

"I see the trend where this is going to be headed,'' he said, "and it's not coming to us."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: deadvote; deadvoters; dirtytricks; ford; fraud; haroldford; haroldfordjr; memphis; tn
Former U.S. Senator Harold Ford (D), father of current U.S. Senator Harold Ford Jr., rushes to defend his sister, Ophelia Ford, who was elected to fill the State congressional seat vacated by their brother, John, when he was forced to resign, due to a criminal investigation into his activities.
1 posted on 12/15/2005 10:45:43 PM PST by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9
The Ford Family -- the Kennedys of Tennessee.
2 posted on 12/15/2005 10:49:30 PM PST by msnimje (http://weblogawards.org/2005/12/best_blog.php .. VOTE FOR MALKIN (everyday) -- DON'T LET KOS WIN!!)
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To: LdSentinal; cpanter; gaspar; Buck W.; Old Professer; mariabush; GailA

More Ford news .......


3 posted on 12/15/2005 10:54:56 PM PST by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9
Another case of Dems wanting to shift blame and avoid responsibility for their actions.

This is one big difference between us and them. Occasionally one of ours will commit vote fraud but nobody has to ask what will happen to them. If guilty, we want them punished to the fullest extent of the law, ASAP.

If a Democrat does it it almost expected and they don't think it's any big deal.
4 posted on 12/15/2005 10:55:20 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: msnimje

Hey, don't foist them on Tennessee. They belong to Memphis and to Memphis alone. They couldn't win out outside of Memphis, and they know it.

Just drift up the river a bit from New Orleans to find the 2nd most corrupt city on the Mississippi. Memphis' local government is a joke.

And honestly, I'm surprised they haven't found more. Perhaps the tip of the iceberg?


5 posted on 12/15/2005 10:56:09 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: Eagle9

bump!


6 posted on 12/15/2005 10:56:39 PM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: msnimje
I guess,
I hear one of the Harold Fords being interviewed frequently on Imus. This Harold, Jr. or Sr., is one of Imus' MANY favorite liberal wipes. And I mus says he's a registered Republican? laugh laugh!
7 posted on 12/15/2005 11:02:54 PM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: Eagle9

Jeez. A demonrat political family that owns its own funeral home. They can create dead voting lists with ease. I'd be surprised if this isn't happening in Chicago and other notorious demonrat strongholds.


8 posted on 12/15/2005 11:03:47 PM PST by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
If a Democrat does it it almost expected and they don't think it's any big deal.

Looks like he's already hedging his bets:

Despite his own suspicions, Ford said he believes fraud may be limited to the ballots of the two dead voters. The other three ballot applications with similar handwriting likely involved a poll worker assisting illiterate voters, he said.

Looks like he knows very well who did it.

9 posted on 12/15/2005 11:03:57 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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Former U.S. Senator Harold Ford (D), father of current U.S. Senator Harold Ford Jr.

Correction: Former U.S. Representative Harold Ford (D), father of current U.S. Representative Harold Ford Jr.

10 posted on 12/15/2005 11:04:54 PM PST by Eagle9
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
If a Democrat does it it almost expected and they don't think it's any big deal.

They expect their leaders to behave that way and when they do it is no freakin' big deal, so just mind your own business and bud out!

It's the OJ syndrome I guess.

11 posted on 12/15/2005 11:06:34 PM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: Eagle9
The title is hilarious!

I mean really!

the GOP has people out there voting for democrats? yeah, sure!

Deny and deflect.

Excellent strategy Congressman.

12 posted on 12/15/2005 11:11:05 PM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: ThirstyMan

That'd be JR. Imus is a wheezy old bore.


13 posted on 12/15/2005 11:11:48 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (An agnostic who never, ever says "Happy Holidays")
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To: piasa
Just let him keep talking. Sooner or later he'll just admit it. Guilty people always talk too much, constantly tweaking their alibi's
14 posted on 12/15/2005 11:12:22 PM PST by Forte Runningrock
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To: ThirstyMan
The title is hilarious!

Ha! I didn't notice it. That's a classic!

15 posted on 12/15/2005 11:16:29 PM PST by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9

It's funny. Dead people always vote Democrat.


16 posted on 12/15/2005 11:20:01 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Forte Runningrock

You obviously aren't familiar with the Ford family political machine in West Tennessee. Harold Sr. was acquitted of writing bad checks by a local jury, but the bank tellers who cashed the checks were convicted.


17 posted on 12/15/2005 11:25:17 PM PST by Eagle9
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

TBI involved. They should look at the state trooper fiasco also. Limited to Memphis? That's a laugh. The FBI sting got legislators from both ends of the state and now we have a governor in Nashville who appears to have taken bribes to promote state troopers. Corruption is all over our fair state. I have lived in both La. and Tn. They both are corrupt.


18 posted on 12/15/2005 11:28:48 PM PST by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: Eagle9

Incredible! The RAT says the pubs cast fraudulent votes for HIS party! This guy is a bigger liar than slick willie.


19 posted on 12/15/2005 11:28:58 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Eagle9

Whether DemonRat or a fake Republican, I want those who commit voter fraud caught and jailed, and I want voter fraud to be made much more difficult.


20 posted on 12/15/2005 11:43:06 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: Eagle9
Did I get this right? There were only 32 (or perhaps fewer) people who came into this particular precinct and the official and her WORKERS (of which there were so many she can't even remember their names?) have no idea how they could possibly come up with 35 ballots including three for DEAD guys?
21 posted on 12/16/2005 5:46:07 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (You can either despair that the rose bush has thorns or rejoice that the thorn bush has roses.)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Yep, you got it.


22 posted on 12/16/2005 6:14:11 AM PST by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9

"... suspicion advanced Thursday by longtime commissioner O.C. Pleasant."

Is O. C. a common set of initials in Memphis? Remember O. C. "tie a bomb to me with barbed wire" Smith?


23 posted on 12/16/2005 6:45:21 AM PST by Buck W. (Yesterday's Intelligentsia are today's Irrelevantsia.)
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To: Buck W.

Ha! No, not to my knowledge.


24 posted on 12/16/2005 6:48:35 AM PST by Eagle9
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To: Buck W.

You left out A. C.; Wharton that is!


25 posted on 12/16/2005 6:50:42 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Dr. Adrian Rogers, September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005)
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To: Sybeck1

Ah, yes...can't leave out Greater Shelby County.


26 posted on 12/16/2005 6:53:10 AM PST by Buck W. (Yesterday's Intelligentsia are today's Irrelevantsia.)
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To: Eagle9

"On Thursday, Ford confirmed that J.E. Herndon, the funeral home operator who buried Kirkwood, also works for the Ford Funeral Home as an embalmer."

The embalmer did it!

I saw where John Ford was getting one of his houses foreclosed on or something last week. Couldn't tell if it was one of the girlfriend's houses or his wife's.


27 posted on 12/16/2005 8:49:17 AM PST by cpanter
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To: Eagle9

Neither Ford was US senator. The office was State Senator.

The ford family, including the son running for US Senate is a criminal enterprise.

Their black and think they are above the law.


28 posted on 12/16/2005 8:52:00 AM PST by bert (K.E. ; N.P . Franks in '08)
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To: bert
Neither Ford was US senator. The office was State Senator.

Yes, I realized my mistake and tried to correct it in #10.

29 posted on 12/16/2005 9:26:20 AM PST by Eagle9
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