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Senate committee votes against Ford [Dead voted for Ophelia Ford in Memphis]
AP ^ | 4/13/6 | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II

Posted on 04/13/2006 3:08:47 PM PDT by SmithL

NASHVILLE — The Senate should void a special election that put a Memphis Democrat into office, a committee looking into claims of voting irregularities recommended Thursday.

Sen. Ophelia Ford was certified the 13-vote winner of the September election, but it was immediately challenged by the Republican candidate.

A special Senate committee looking into the case voted 4-1 Thursday that there was enough evidence to conclude her margin of victory was in doubt because of ballots cast in the names of dead voters, felons and people who didn’t live in the district.

The matter now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to take it up on Wednesday.

In February, Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey persuaded the Senate to vote to oust Ford, but a federal judge interrupted that process and said the Senate could continue only if it has consistent standards for voiding election results.

Ford, who hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing, took over the Senate seat vacated by her brother John after he was indicted in the Tennessee Waltz public corruption investigation.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: corruptpolitician; deadvoters; fordfraud; memphis; opheliaford
that there was enough evidence to conclude her margin of victory was in doubt because of ballots cast in the names of dead voters, felons and people who didn’t live in the district

You reckon?

1 posted on 04/13/2006 3:08:50 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Strike 2 for Harold Ford Jr. to succeed Dr. Frist as my senator. Strike 1 was daddy's generation, particularly Uncle John.


2 posted on 04/13/2006 3:10:29 PM PDT by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: SmithL

say it isn't so..a DEM that had dead people, felons and out of district people voting?? where'd they think they were, Chicago??


3 posted on 04/13/2006 3:14:12 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'll have the roast duck, with the mango salsa..)
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To: SmithL

do I really have to say it???

4 posted on 04/13/2006 3:15:56 PM PDT by Chode (1967 UN Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT. American Hedonist )
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To: Chode
"do I really have to say it???"

Yes, Captain Renault, I'm afraid you do.

5 posted on 04/13/2006 3:22:28 PM PDT by Boss_Jim_Gettys (Willing to compromise...NOT)
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To: SmithL
the Senate could continue only if it has consistent standards for voiding election results.

Hopefully dead people voting are within the standard.

6 posted on 04/13/2006 3:31:14 PM PDT by rocksblues (Illegal Immigrant racist here.)
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To: Boss_Jim_Gettys
I'M SHOCKED!!!
7 posted on 04/13/2006 4:31:47 PM PDT by Chode (1967 UN Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT. American Hedonist )
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To: SmithL

Republicans should just steal the Democrat line about Culture of Corruption and just start talking about this and the countless other indiscretions the Rats have been caught in.


8 posted on 04/13/2006 4:37:04 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Phsstpok
I wrote my Representative Nathen Vaughn a reply to his questionnaire. He is a Democrat but is loved by all the citizens of Kingsport where he was a strong voice for several years.

I advised him to switch parties and discard the stench of the Black Caucus coming from Memphis.
9 posted on 04/13/2006 4:38:26 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: bert
Two Memphis Dems actually voted to oust Ophelia! You just never know what the crazies of West Tennessee are going to do.
10 posted on 04/13/2006 5:06:08 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Phsstpok

Junior's chances outside West Tennessee are laughable at best. It has nothing to do with his questionable lineage, or the felonious nature of such. It has everything to do with Tennessee being much too "Red", and that he is a joke with nothing but an ambition to be POTUS someday; he is just too transparent.

That being said, if one is a Memphian, I fear, there is definitlely a Ford in your future. Harold, Sr. will pull out all the stops, next time out, and Ophelia will trounce any Republican opponent.

Watch for Nathan Bedford Forrest's name to show up on a ballot application. Old Nate will probably show as a vote for Ophelia numerous times, just to put it in the face of legitimate voters, and nobody will do a damned thing about it.


11 posted on 04/13/2006 6:55:54 PM PDT by thelastvirgil (Incumbent politicians: PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE.)
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