Skip to comments.68 dead people reported as voting between 1994-04 in Shelby Co.
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 stations 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 Rolands claims.
regostered = registered (0f course)
How did Elvis vote?
Don't you just love their objectivity?
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.
Elvis is registered four times in Shelby County, I'm sure.
Which Elvis are you referring to?
I'd check the local TV news sites....this came via the wire, not the net.
Often imitated, but never duplicated. In the end, there can be only one:
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)
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.
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.
My thoughts exactly.
Jeepers! They even require an i.d. to vote here in Flori-duh!
Oh, those wacky zombies!
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.
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