“One disenfranchised voter is one too many,” Attorney General Eric Holder has observed repeatedly in his quest to overturn state voter ID laws. How many cases of voter fraud is one too many he doesn’t say. It is hoped that the nation’s chief law enforcement officer would find 19 cases troubling.
Twenty-eight subpoenas have been issued as a result of the investigation, which includes 19 Hamilton County voters and nine witnesses who still need to answer questions to satisfy the board.
One resident at the center of the controversy is Melowese Richardson, who admits to voting twice, although she maintains that there was no effort on her part to defraud. She claims that she voted at her local precinct after submitting an absentee ballot on Nov. 1 because she was afraid the first ballot wouldn’t be counted in time.
It might be easier to swallow Richardson’s story if it weren’t for details that suggest shenanigans:
- Three additional absentee ballots — for Montez Richardson, Joseph Jones, and Markus Barron — all came from Melowese Richardson’s home address, all with handwriting similar to hers.
- Her granddaughter, India Richardson, a first-time voter in the 2012 election, also cast two ballots.
The allegations of fraud come at a time when the president and Democratic Congressional leaders are vowing to push through legislation that will reduce hurdles for voters. One such obstacle they point to is long lines at polling places, which they claim cost them hundreds of thousands of votes in November.
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