After flurry of election reform bills, 2 ideas moving forward

After flurry of election reform bills, 2 ideas moving forward

April 24, 2006

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Several bills to reform Tennessee's election laws were filed after Ophelia Ford narrowly won a Memphis state Senate race but only two seem to be making any progress.

One of the bills would require more frequent purging of voter registration records, and the other would set up an automatic recount of close elections.

Ford won by only 13 votes over her Republican opponent.

Allegations of improper voting led to an investigation by a special Senate committee, which found 12 illegal ballots, including two cast in the names of dead people. The probe also identified several other ballots that were questionable.

The committee recommended unseating Ford and voiding the election, and the full Senate voted 26-6 last week to accept the recommendation.

Ford and her attorneys have said they will challenge.

But no matter the outcome, the Memphis election has left a bitter taste in the mouths of lawmakers who say they are seeking to restore integrity to the ballot box.

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