Poll worker sentenced to 5 years for voter fraud serves only 8 months

CINCINNATI – A Hamilton County judge released a former poll worker sentenced to five years in prison for voter fraud after eight months on Tuesday.

On July, 7, Melowese Richardson, 58, pleaded to four counts of illegal voting in 2009, 2011 and 2012 in the courtroom of Hamilton County Judge Robert P. Ruelman.

One count charged her with voting for her sister, who is in a coma. Four other counts were dropped in exchange for Richardson's plea.

Before the original five-year sentence was announced, Ruelman laid out a laundry list of past charges against Richardson and condemned her for voting twice for President Barack Obama in 2012.

"I'm Melowese Richardson. I take the law into my own hands. I do what I want," Ruehlman said. "It's about criminal activity. You are a criminal. I think he (Obama) would be appalled by your conduct if asked about it.”

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On Tuesday, Ruehlman granted Richardson’s motion to withdraw the original plea filed by her defense, and re-enter a plea of no contest. He also re-sentenced her to five years of community control and court costs.

“In the interest of justice, it is time for her to go home,” Deters said.

After she was initially charged Richardson she could not understand the allegations brought against her.

"Have they never heard of a simple mistake? Have they never heard of overlooking? Mailing in a ballot (and) registering to vote at a precinct after you've forgotten that you mailed in a ballot?" she said.

Richardson was one of six people accused of voter fraud in 2012 in Hamilton County.

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