By Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Candidates who lost in Shelby County races in last month’s election are suing election officials, alleging fraud.

The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1wb4tyE ) reports that nine candidates have filed suit against the Shelby County Election Commission, seeking a recount or the setting aside of results.

Filed Tuesday, the lawsuit alleges that the election commission, specifically the three Republican members of the five-member commission, prevented the candidates “and the voters of Shelby County Tennessee a free and unimpaired exercise of their franchise.”

The suit says the candidates “allege fraud, willful, deliberate and continuous dereliction of duty on a long term and continuous basis” by the commission.

The eight-page complaint is signed by former TV judge Joe Brown, who lost the district attorney general race to Amy Weirich by some 44,000 votes.



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