Last year, she was convicted of multiple counts of voter fraud. Among her crimes are voting for her comatose sister in several elections and voting twice in the 2012 election. She also voted for her granddaughter.
What makes her crimes even more disturbing is that she was a poll worker. Instead of working to ensure integrity in Ohio’s election process, she took advantage of her position to cheat.
Richardson was sentenced to five years in prison but was released earlier this year.
As if this wasn’t sickening enough, Ohio Democrats actually honored her as a conquering hero, and brought her up on stage at an event where they kicked off a petition drive to bring back same day registration and voting to Ohio. Unbelievably, she was called a “voting rights hero” at the event.
Attending the event were several Democratic Ohio lawmakers and statewide candidates. The picture below shows Richardson being hugged by Al Sharpton on stage at the event and being applauded by State Representative Alicia Reece (D).
Also attending the event was State Senator Nina Turner, who is running for Ohio Secretary of State this year. Turner wants to be in charge of running Ohio’s elections, but has refused to denounce Richardson’s crimes or the fact that she was honored as a hero at the event. Turner has also been criticized for recording a robo-call that urged voters to “Vote early, vote often, vote Democrat”.
Now, Melowese Richardson is back.
Brazen as ever, she wants paid for the time she put in as a poll worker when she committed the fraud. According to Kimball Perry of the Cincinnati Enquirer, she showed up at the Hamilton County Board of Elections with an expired paycheck, and wants it reissued.
Melowese Richardson, who went to prison for voter fraud, wants to be paid for her work at the polls when she committed her crime, drawing criticism from elections officials.
Richardson, a Democratic Hamilton County poll worker for almost 30 years, went to the Board of Elections office this week with her uncashed $150 payroll check from the November 2012 election. She wanted a new check re-issued because the first can’t be cashed.
“I think it’s outrageous,” Alex Triantafilou, one of four Board of Election members and chair of the Hamilton County Republican Party, said Thursday.
Yep. Ohio Democrat’s voting rights hero has showed up and requested to be paid by the elections board for time that she spent cheating in the election.
I suppose I should be shocked at the unmitigated gall that Richardson has displayed, in addition to the Ohio Democratic Party’s continued endorsement of the group that honored her. Unfortunately, I’m not sure anything that Ohio Democrats do carries much shock value anymore.