Kurita files to have her write-in votes counted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Sen. Rosalind Kurita has registered as a write-in candidate after Democrats declared her primary victory invalid.

Kurita, of Clarksville, won her primary by 19 votes over attorney Tim Barnes last month. But the state Democratic Party's executive committee found that result "incurably uncertain" after a hearing on Saturday.

Barnes attorneys had argued that Kurita's win was aided by heavy involvement by Republicans and by poll workers who misdirected voters about which primary to vote in.

The panel called for a new nominee to be named by joint convention of the Democratic executive committees in Montgomery, Cheatham and Houston.

Monday was the deadline for write-in candidates to register to have their votes counted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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