HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — An Ohio poll worker reportedly admitted to voting for President Barack Obama twice in the November 2012 election, but is being investigated for possibly voting up to six times for him.
WCPO-TV reports Melowese Richardson, who has been a poll worker for the past 25 years, is being accused of voter fraud in Hamilton County.
“There’s absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud,” Richardson told WCPO.
Richardson reportedly voted by absentee ballot and also cast her vote at a precinct because she was worried her absentee ballot might not count.
“I, after registering thousands of people, certainly wanted my vote to count. So, I voted. I voted at the poll,” Richardson told the station.
Richardson’s granddaughter is also accused of voting twice last election. India Richardson denied voting by absentee ballot.
“[M]y grandmother filled that out and voted my ballot because she didn’t think I would go do it, but I did,” India Richardson told WCPO. “I voted provisionally at my polling place on Election Day.”
Melowese Richardson, though, says she did mail her granddaughter’s ballot in.
“I did let her know that I was getting the absentee ballot for her and sending it in. I had to get her Social Security number for that,” she told WCPO. “I assumed she forgot or was just excited and she went to the polls herself.”
Absentee ballots of Montez Richardson, Joseph Jones and Markus Barron reportedly all came from Melowese Richardson’s address.
“Markus Barron lives here. Joseph Jones is my brother. He’s here from time-to-time. I am Montez’s power-of-attorney. I voted for her in her absence,” Melowese Richardson told the station. Officials said that the handwriting that appeared on those ballots were similar.
Richardson says she will fight these charges.
“Absolutely, I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States,” she told WCPO.
Richardson’s hearing will take place Feb. 22 before the Hamilton County Board of Elections.