Cincinnati, Ohio (CBS CLEVELAND) — An Ohio woman has been convicted of numerous counts of voter fraud and ballot-box tampering.
Longtime Election Day poll worker Melowese Richardson has “pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting … in exchange for prosecutors dropping four other illegal voting charges,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
One example of voter fraud that the illegal vote generator from Cincinnati admits to includes “voting three times for a relative who has been in a coma since 2003,” reports the Enquirer. Richardson admitted to casting illegal ballots in 2008, 2011 and 2012 elections and she also admitted her motivation to commit the brazen vote tampering by voting for President Barack Obama twice.
“Absolutely, I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as President of the United States,” Richardson told WCPO-TV in an interview this past February.
Richardson was caught in the ongoing scam when Hamilton County investigators “noticed a bunch of absentee ballots coming from the same place with the same handwriting.”
The Hamilton County Board investigation into voter fraud included 19 possible cases, and 28 subpoenas have been issued as a result of the investigation. The board originally started with 80 suspicious cases, according to WCPO.
According to county documents, Richardson’s absentee ballot was accepted on Nov. 1, 2012 along with her signature. WCPO reports that on Nov. 11, she told an official that she also voted at a precinct because she was afraid her absentee ballot would not be counted in time.
“There’s absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud,” Richardson told WCPO at the time.
Richardson has worked on elections since 1988, and other allegations state that she intimidated other poll workers and hid items from them.