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68 dead people reported as voting between 1994-04 in Shelby Co.
AP Wire | 12/28/05

Posted on 12/28/2005 12:24:22 PM PST by Brian Mosely

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — At least 68 people recorded as voting in Shelby County between 1994 and 2004 were dead at the time the ballots were cast, a television station reported.

The investigation by WMC-TV uncovered several names of voters, which according to Shelby County Election Commission records, cast ballots as much as eight and 10 years after federal records show they died.

“I certainly have no idea how any of this could have happened,” commission administrator James Johnson said.

He said he would turn the results of the station’s investigation over to the district attorney for further investigation.

Prosecutors already have asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to assist an investigation into reports by The Commercial Appeal that at least two ballots were cast in a September special election in the name of registered voters who died weeks earlier.

The certified vote count of that election provided a 13-vote victory for Ophelia Ford to replace her brother John Ford in the state Senate. John Ford resigned his seat in May after he was arrested on federal charges of taking a payoff to influence legislation.

The margin has since been cut by several votes, and Republican candidate Terry Roland is challenging the election on grounds of fraud.

Ophelia Ford has already been sworn into office, but it will be up to the Republican-dominated Senate to decide whether to seat her when the Legislature goes into session next month. The Senate also is investigation Roland’s claims.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: deadvote; democratvotefraud; howtostealanelection; votefraud; voterfraud
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1 posted on 12/28/2005 12:24:24 PM PST by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely
“I certainly have no idea how any of this could have happened,” commission administrator James Johnson said.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA

2 posted on 12/28/2005 12:25:30 PM PST by Zavien Doombringer (Have you gotten your Viking Kittie Patch today? http://www.visualops.com/patch.html)
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To: Brian Mosely

“I certainly have no idea how any of this could have happened,” commission administrator James Johnson said.


3 posted on 12/28/2005 12:25:31 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin

beat ya


4 posted on 12/28/2005 12:25:59 PM PST by Zavien Doombringer (Have you gotten your Viking Kittie Patch today? http://www.visualops.com/patch.html)
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To: Brian Mosely

why am I not surprised?


5 posted on 12/28/2005 12:26:36 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120))
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To: Brian Mosely

*whisper*


"I see dead voters..."


6 posted on 12/28/2005 12:26:39 PM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: Brian Mosely
The margin has since been cut by several votes, and Republican candidate Terry Roland is challenging the election on grounds of fraud.

This fraud was committed by Dims. Correct me if I wrong, but I am pretty sure that kind of voter fraud is not against the law.....

7 posted on 12/28/2005 12:27:21 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: Brian Mosely

“I certainly have no idea how any of this could have happened,” commission administrator James Johnson said."


Yeah right....(rolling eyes)


8 posted on 12/28/2005 12:28:16 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: Zavien Doombringer
ONE second!
9 posted on 12/28/2005 12:28:34 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Brian Mosely

Dollars to donuts these dead people all voted for Dems...


10 posted on 12/28/2005 12:29:18 PM PST by pgyanke (The only way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Considering they did not mention which party they voted for, we can assume they voted Democratic. If they had voted Republican the MSM would have 'theorized' it was ordered direct from Bush or Rove. Even in 1994.


11 posted on 12/28/2005 12:29:23 PM PST by sandbar
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To: Brian Mosely

Why don't they ever check your ID when you go to vote?


12 posted on 12/28/2005 12:31:57 PM PST by jamesm51
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To: Brian Mosely

only 68?


13 posted on 12/28/2005 12:32:17 PM PST by Kokojmudd (Outsource the US Senate to Mexico! Put Walmart in charge of all Federal agencies!)
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To: Brian Mosely
At least 68 people recorded as voting

Only 68?

I liken the number of dead people voting to the number of roaches you see in a kitchen floor. You can be sure that for every cockroach you see, there are at least 100 more hiding.
14 posted on 12/28/2005 12:32:44 PM PST by adorno
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To: Brian Mosely

Dollars to donuts these dead people all voted for Dems...


15 posted on 12/28/2005 12:35:46 PM PST by pgyanke (The only way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Brian Mosely

These dead people must be punished for not staying dead!........


16 posted on 12/28/2005 12:36:40 PM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Brian Mosely

Do you have a link? I have to send this to a liberal buddy, former Memphis resident.


17 posted on 12/28/2005 12:36:59 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending. Secure the border.)
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To: Brian Mosely

There you go again trying to disenfranchise another Democratic voting block.


18 posted on 12/28/2005 12:37:16 PM PST by mbynack
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To: jamesm51
Why don't they ever check your ID when you go to vote?

No doubt! It has been said that they are more demanding at a video rental store than they are at the polls in most states.

19 posted on 12/28/2005 12:37:36 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Brian Mosely

I fully assume they were regostered socialist democrats, correct?


20 posted on 12/28/2005 12:38:03 PM PST by RetiredArmy (I have no faith in any politician or political party any more. They all lie for their agendas.)
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To: RetiredArmy

regostered = registered (0f course)


21 posted on 12/28/2005 12:38:50 PM PST by RetiredArmy (I have no faith in any politician or political party any more. They all lie for their agendas.)
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To: Brian Mosely

How did Elvis vote?


22 posted on 12/28/2005 12:39:45 PM PST by RichInOC ("Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire...")
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To: Brian Mosely
Ophelia Ford has already been sworn into office, but it will be up to the Republican-dominated Senate to decide whether to seat her when the Legislature goes into session next month. The Senate also is investigation Roland’s claims.

Don't you just love their objectivity?

23 posted on 12/28/2005 12:40:30 PM PST by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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To: jamesm51; All

They don't ask for an ID when I vote here in Minneapolis.

I give 'em my name and address and they have me sign the voter roll.

A few times I've asked the election worker (after I've signed the roll) "How do you know that I'm Steve *******? You never asked for an ID. What's to prevent me (or someone else) from voting in several precincts today?"

I usually get no answer other a mild look of annoyance from the election worker.

The bottom line: YES, an ID should always be presented when going to vote.


24 posted on 12/28/2005 12:42:34 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Brian Mosely
I will never cease to be amazed at how dead people are able to do that. LOL Where ever ACORN registered voters you'll find all kinds of dead people voting.
25 posted on 12/28/2005 12:43:04 PM PST by NRA2BFree (http://www.angelfire.com/nm2/chainreaction/Kitties/LittleFReepers.html)
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To: Brian Mosely
We changed our voting precinct a few years ago, from a heavily dem area to a heavily repub area. I wonder if there is any way to find out if we continued to vote in the dem area after we moved. *wink* *wink*
26 posted on 12/28/2005 12:43:26 PM PST by Ditter
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To: RichInOC

Elvis is registered four times in Shelby County, I'm sure.

Which Elvis are you referring to?


27 posted on 12/28/2005 12:44:29 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Choose Ye This Day

I'd check the local TV news sites....this came via the wire, not the net.


28 posted on 12/28/2005 12:45:48 PM PST by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned)
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To: RichInOC
How did Elvis vote?

Which Elvis?


29 posted on 12/28/2005 12:46:43 PM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: MplsSteve; ASA Vet

Often imitated, but never duplicated. In the end, there can be only one:

http://www.elvis.com/


30 posted on 12/28/2005 12:50:46 PM PST by RichInOC ("Lord Almighty, I feel my temp'rature risin'...Higher, higher, it's burnin' through to my soul....")
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To: ASA Vet
Election day in Shelby County:


31 posted on 12/28/2005 12:53:37 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Brian Mosely

68? That's really inconsequential and not all that unsurprising. And not likely any kind of plot by anyone involved in elections either. More like individual family members who receive grandpa's ballot in the mail and decide to send it in (for grandpa, you know)


32 posted on 12/28/2005 12:56:44 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
Here's a link, from local news channel 5:

http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4291794

33 posted on 12/28/2005 12:58:21 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Brian Mosely

What's this state senate district like? I'm surprised a district represented by John Ford would have been so close in a special election.


34 posted on 12/28/2005 12:58:50 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Brian Mosely
Wow, what a great idea to win elections ... have dead people vote.
35 posted on 12/28/2005 1:00:06 PM PST by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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I just checked by phone and was told we were not on the voter rolls in Galveston Co. Texas so hopefully we haven't vote there in a few years. I remember calling them and asking to be removed but I never check to see if they really did it. If we were still listed I would be trying to see if we had voted there since about 1999.


36 posted on 12/28/2005 1:00:50 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Kokojmudd

My thoughts exactly.


37 posted on 12/28/2005 1:07:10 PM PST by mel
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To: MplsSteve

Jeepers! They even require an i.d. to vote here in Flori-duh!


38 posted on 12/28/2005 1:08:07 PM PST by Chanticleer (A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. -- Adlai Stevenson)
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To: Brian Mosely

Oh, those wacky zombies!


39 posted on 12/28/2005 1:09:07 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: BenLurkin
Ben, Ophelia and the Ford family have been big in the Funeral Business for years in the "Minority Community." I am sure that the voter registration service they offer the deceased and their families has been deliberately misrepresented by you Republican racists out there.

This is a wonderful Affirmative Action sort of thing which allows people of color to make up for the hundreds of years of voting they missed because of Republican Slaveholders. The Fords are offering the deceased and their families a god-given chance to correct this injustice. Of course, who better than the Fords would know how the deceased would have voted, had they not been maliciously prevented by dastardly white male Republican slave owners?

This is not a racist point of view, because the Fords, being sort of African-American, cannot be racists. Ophelia points out that the same theory applies to White Women, for example.

This is also of course, a crystal clear reason why Alito must not be confirmed to the SCOTUS. One can be sure he would find all sorts of pettifoggery and legaljammery to prevent plain and simple justice from being done by trying to take back this most important civil right from people whose ancestors are still dead.

40 posted on 12/28/2005 1:10:59 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Democrat vote fraud must be stopped. Hello? RNC?)
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To: Brian Mosely

he old joke has spread and became a reality.

"Is there a vote after death?" Answer, "Yes, move to Cook County, IL."


41 posted on 12/28/2005 1:12:44 PM PST by R.W.Ratikal
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To: HairOfTheDog
The investigation by WMC-TV uncovered several names of voters, which according to Shelby County Election Commission records, cast ballots as much as eight and 10 years after federal records show they died.

I could buy your argument if people turned in an absentee ballot requested by grandpa, who then died before he could mail it. But 8-10 years after gramps dies?

In Florida, you have to request an absentee ballot and give all sorts of information. They don't just send you one year after year.

My family comes from Jackson, Tennessee, and they make them strong and opinionated there. If anyone could vote after death....

42 posted on 12/28/2005 1:18:47 PM PST by Chanticleer (A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. -- Adlai Stevenson)
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To: Chanticleer

Well, who do you think cast those votes then, if not family members or other familiar people who knew those specific people were dead.

If it were thousands, it'd be significant. This number seems to me to be a fairly typical percentage of malfeasance in any human endeavor.


43 posted on 12/28/2005 1:26:35 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: HairOfTheDog
It may very well have been family members. I'm just saying that, where I live anyway, it would not simply be a matter of innocently checking a box and returning the ballot on behalf of dead grandpa. It would require either deliberately requesting an absentee ballot, providing all the requisite information, or appearing at a polling place with i.d. to cast a fraudulent vote. That isn't something innocent or excusable -- it is deliberate voter fraud, a third-degree felony in our state, punishable with a fine of up to $5,000 or five years in prison.

I can't imagine doing that, no matter how much I love my parents or my spouse, no matter how strongly they or I feel about an election. Can you?

44 posted on 12/28/2005 1:40:35 PM PST by Chanticleer (A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. -- Adlai Stevenson)
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To: Chanticleer

Of course not, it's wrong and should be punished, and it's often found out.


45 posted on 12/28/2005 1:43:39 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I do agree with you that 68 dead voters in one county over a 10-year period does not scream wide-scale voter fraud or a plot on behalf of either party.... Maybe the dead voters cancelled each other out!


46 posted on 12/28/2005 1:48:15 PM PST by Chanticleer (A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. -- Adlai Stevenson)
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To: Zavien Doombringer

Dead people always vote Democrat. They want those free perks they can't afford anymore.


47 posted on 12/28/2005 1:49:16 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Chanticleer

Heh...they may have ;~D


48 posted on 12/28/2005 1:49:22 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: jamesm51
"Why don't they ever check your ID when you go to vote?"

Are you nuts? In Memphis? Memphis, Tennessee? In the deep south? That would be racist don'tcha know.

Besides we are only talking about 68 lousy votes. Only a racist TV station would make a big ta-doo over a measly 68 votes. Plus we all know them poor departed folks would have voted for the Fords. sheesh

Sarcasm off
49 posted on 12/28/2005 2:29:51 PM PST by Long Distance Rider
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To: BenLurkin

50 posted on 12/28/2005 2:32:33 PM PST by ErnBatavia (I post in slang..live with it or ignore it - reader's choice.)
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