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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Cincinnati poll worker charged with voting six times in November


Obama supporter Melowese Richardson charged with illegal voting in 2008 and 2011 for allegedly voting at least six times after admitting voting twice in the presidential election last November. But, in an interview on a local TV station, Richardson claims that she was worried that her vote would not count and she was no intention to commit any voter fraud. She voted in her own name by absentee ballot and also in person at the polls, officials charged, but Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters said she was also charged with voting in the name of five other people in various elections. Deters also added in an avowal, every vote is important and every voter and candidate needs to have faith in the system. Furthermore, this is not North Korea and the current arraignments must let people know that this is a staid matter. Following by the 58-year-old veteran Cincinnati poll worker now faces eight counts of voter fraud which one is a nun. At this time, The Hamilton County Board of Elections publicized that there was an investigation whether she voted six times, counting her vote on behalf of her granddaughter, India Richardson, this made Richardson to national headlines.
But voting twice or in another person’s name is illegal. According to the prosecutors the five other people that Richardson voted in behalf were all relatives. Sister Marguerite Kloos also faces one count of illegal voting. She allegedly voted in behalf of her fellow nun as an absentee voter, but Sister Rose Marie Hewitt was a deceased before absentee ballots were sent out. She was accused of opening Sister Hewitt’s ballot, forging her signature and mailing it to the Board of Elections as a vote.
Kloos, 54, serves as an associate professor of religious and pastoral studies where she also was a dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati but has resigned. Kloos was not charged but faces what is known as information, for the reason that her lawyer contacted prosecutors and she agreed to cooperate and plead guilty.75-year-old Russell Glassop, also charged with illegal voting for voting on behalf of his wife, who died before Election Day. Richardson’s case was the most shocking for the possibility of repeated votes, if proven guilty; she will face up to 12 years in prison. The Hamilton County Board of Elections lately held hearings on cases of possible double voting and voter fraud, part of a statewide review ordered by Secretary of State John Husted. 88 counties were called to review complaints of fraud, as well as voter disenfranchisement. Hamilton County prosecutors are currently investigating three additional cases of possible voter fraud. According to the written statement publicized by Husted, every voter must play by the rules, and if they don’t they will be held accountable. And so it might mean fines, it might mean detention.

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