Hamilton County voter fraud cases: Case continued for poll worker charged with illegal voting
Sarah Beth Hensley, WCPO Digital
8:23 AM, May 9, 2013
10:23 AM, May 9, 2013
CINCINNATI - A Hamilton County poll worker accused of voter fraud will appear in court later this month after her case was continued Thursday.
Madisonville's Melowese Richardson, a former poll worker, is accused of voting an absentee ballot and then voting in person on Election Day. She admitted to 9 On Your Side in a Feb. 6 interview that she voted twice but didn't intend to commit any voter fraud.
Richardson, 58, is one of six cases of alleged voter fraud in Hamilton County from the 2012 General Election. When she appeared in court Thursday morning, Judge Robert Ruehlman continued her case until May 28.
Hamilton County Board of Elections Chairman Tim Burke said Richardson's was the only case where both votes were counted. In every other situation, he said board workers caught problems and only counted one vote for each citizen.
Burke added that Richardson is also being looked at for possibly casting ballots for five or six other voters.
"I can't understand these charges against me," Richardson said in the Feb. 6 interview. "Have they never heard of a simple mistake? Have they never heard of overlooking? Mailing in a ballot registering to vote at a precinct after you've forgotten that you mailed in a ballot? Or been told that it may be too late?"
Richardson faces eight counts of illegal voting and faces 12 years in prison if convicted.