Obama activist may have voted up to six times
Obama campaigners are under investigation for significant voter fraud in the US presidential election last year
During and after last years' presidential election in the United States, allegations of vote-rigging and intimidation tactics began to sprout from local polling stations, unsurprisingly spreading quickly across the internet.
In what might be interpreted as 'the norm' for elections, these claims were quickly denied and many were not even investigated, as we previously reported. At the time, even the Russians claimed that US presidential election did not hold up to "democratic standards". It looks like they may have been correct.
Accusations are now flying about various Obama organisers and campaigners, though most notable of these is the case of Melowese Richardson, a resident of Cinncinati (yes, Ohio again), who has thus far admitted to having voted twice in the election.
Richardson voted once by mail-in ballot, and a second time at her local polling station, though sources now state that Richardson is being investigated for having voted up to six times using different names.
Richardson told a local television station this month that she voted twice last November. She cast an absentee ballot and then voted at the polls as well.
"Yes, I voted twice," Richardson told WCPO-TV. "I, after registering thousands of people, certainly wanted my vote to count, so I voted. I voted at the polls."
Authorities also are investigating if she voted in the names of four other people, too, for a total of six votes in the 2012 presidential election.
"I'll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama's right to sit as president of the United States," Richardson vowed when asked about the voter fraud investigation that is now under way.
Richardson said she had submitted an absentee ballot, but also voted in person and in the name of her granddaughter and another unknown person.
Richardson's granddaughter confirmed that her grandmother voted for her by submitting an absentee ballot in her name and said that she gave her grandmother permission to cast her absentee ballot. "It wasn't a big deal," she said.
Ohio Secretary of States John Husted said, "She appears to have used her position as a poll worker to cover her tracks. That would be someone who is an official in the elections process, using that position to commit a fraud. That is especially troubling to me, as the chief elections officer of the state, because it is my responsibility to make sure the system runs effectively, that it has integrity. When I find issues like this, I know that it undermines voter confidence in our elections, and we must pursue it."
The investigation into Richardson, and others, continues.
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