Ex-poll worker sentenced to five years for illegal voting
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Cincinnati-area woman said she voted multiple times for Obama
CINCINNATI — A former Ohio poll worker today was sentenced to five years in prison for voting illegally on behalf of other people, including a comatose relative.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman handed down the sentence to Melowese Richardson, 58, of Madisonville, two months after she pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting and subsequently was found guilty.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped four other charges; Richardson had faced up to 12 years in prison if she had been convicted of all eight original charges.
“You’ve hurt citizens of this county and people who fought for our freedom,” Ruehlman told Richardson.
Richardson previously told a local TV station that she had voted multiple times for President Barack Obama on behalf of herself and family members, calling the ballots she cast “absolutely legal” and saying that “there was no intent on my part to commit any voter fraud.”
She also said she would fight the charges against her.
“I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States,” she said.
In a statement announcing charges against Richardson and two others accused of voter fraud, county Prosecutor Joseph Deters said that “every vote is important and every voter and candidate needs to have faith in our system.”
He added:“This is not North Korea.”
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Obama poll worker and feminist nun charged with 2012 vote fraud in Ohio
Still in denial that there was voter fraud in the 2012 election?
Hamilton County is the third most populous county in the State of Ohio, located in the southwest corner of the state. The county seat is Cincinnati. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 802,374, which is a decrease of 5.1% from 845,303 in 2000. The county is named for the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.
As a result of an investigation by Ohio’s Hamilton County Board of Elections, three people are facing charges related to improper voting in last November’s pivotal elections that ensured another four years for the POS.
One of the three is not just a nun, but the dean of the College of Mount St. Joseph’s arts and humanities department.
Those charged are:
1. Russell Glassop, 75, Symmes Township, illegal voting, a charge that carries up to 18 months in prison. He is accused of voting on behalf of his deceased wife. She requested an absentee ballot, but died before the ballot was mailed.
2. Melowese Richardson, 58, Madisonville, eight counts of illegal voting, charges that carry up to 12 years in prison. Richardson is an Obama supporter and a poll worker when the fraud took place who has since been fired. She has admitted on camera to a local TV station for voting twice in last November’s presidential election:“Yes, I voted twice.[But there] was no intent on my part to commit any voter fraud. I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.” Richardson is also indicted for allegedly voting at least six times on behalf of relatives in various elections in 2008 and 2011. One of the relatives is a granddaughter, India Richardson, who told Fox News that her grandmother did indeed vote in her name, saying that “it wasn’t a big deal.”
3. Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, of Delhi Township: Accused of illegal voting, a charge that carries up to 18 months in prison. Kloos told investigators that she filled out an absentee ballot for a nun (Sister Rose Marie Hewitt) who had died a month before last November’s election, forging her signature and mailing it to the Board of Elections as a vote.
While news reports did not identify Sister Kloos’ political party identification, there is little doubt she’s a Democrat given the following from her faculty profile:
“Dr. Kloos has taught a number of interdisciplinary courses drawing on eco-theology, a first passion from her undergraduate studies in environmental studies. She has also done research in feminist methodologies for cross-cultural spiritual care.”
Kloos was not indicted but faces what is known as an information, because her lawyer contacted prosecutors and she agreed to cooperate and plead guilty. Kloos has resigned as the dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, but the college’s Faculty Directory page still lists her as dean. Kloos continues as an associate professor of religious and pastoral studies.
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