By Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Cincinnati.com: A former Hamilton County poll worker was convicted Tuesday of illegal voting and could go to prison for up to six years for it.
Melowese Richardson, 58, of Madisonville pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting – including voting three times for a relative who has been in a coma since 2003 – in exchange for prosecutors dropping four other illegal voting charges. Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman immediately convicted her, making her a felon.
A poll worker from 1998 until being fired this year, Richardson admitted she voted illegally in the 2008, 2011 and 2012 elections.
Richardson, who was in court last week but asked to speak to her pastor before she agreed to be convicted rather than take the case to trial, was quiet during the hearing.
Richardson wasn’t offered diversion because she had eight counts of illegal voting against her and because she asked what authorities were going to do to her for illegal voting.
She’ll find that out July 9 when Ruehlman sentences her.