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Who Said Anything About Voter Fraud?

Al Sharpton Hugs Voter Fraud Felon

Al Sharpton is a strong believer in the notion that laws to protect against voter fraud are unnecessary, so I found it curious to see Sharpton hugging an individual just released from prison for committing vote fraud.

As reported by several media outlets, including the Examiner, Sharpton was seen hugging Melowese Richardson on March 20.  At a rally promoting a referendum to amend the Ohio state constitution for provisions that would make it easier to register to vote, expand valid identification and guarantee early voting, he did not avoid a person who was recently incarcerated for voting multiple times — thus stealing the votes of innocent, law-abiding Americans.

The case against Melowese Richardson is clear and she admitted to a local Cincinnati television station: “Yes, I voted twice,” she declared on WCPO-TV in February of 2013.  The long-time poll worker, who originally voted by absentee ballot, was afraid her vote may have been mailed too late.  So she voted again.

Richardson also “absolutely voted an absentee ballot” for her granddaughter.  When the granddaughter was found to have voted twice, Richardson speculated that she forgot grandma already voted for her.  Additionally, she voted for her sister, Montez Richardson, in 2012, despite her sister being in a coma since 2003.

Ms Richardson believes what she did resulted in “absolutely legal votes” and that she would fight allegations against her as part of an apparently larger struggle “for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as President of the United States.”  However, she did plead no contest to vote fraud and was sentenced to five years in prison.  In her plea deal, she admitted to voting on behalf of her comatose sister in 2008, 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) was aware of Richardson’s case and prison sentence.  Ironically, they did not condemn her actions, but protested her punishment.  NAN’s Greater Cincinnati Chapter issued a statement saying it was “deeply concerned and frankly appalled” by the judge’s sentence.

Richardson, NAN claimed, was “being used as a pawn in a political game to attempt to further the agenda of those who are trying to enact voter suppression legislation through the use of false hysteria around unproven and non-existent mass voter fraud.”

The NAN statement further alleged that there were three cases of known voter fraud in Hamilton County, Ohio, during the 2012 election.  NAN argued that Richardson was sentenced to prison (for four counts of fraud) while the other two cases (one count each) resulted in mandated rehabilitation programs.  The other two offenders are white while Richardson is black.

About a week after her release, Richardson was at a voting rights rally — getting a hug from Al Sharpton.

Naturally, county Republicans criticized the inclusion of Richardson at the event.  But Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke also called it “particularly problematic.”  Bobby Hilton, the president of NAN’s Greater Cincinnati Chapter, in desperate spin mode, tried to deflect the bipartisan outrage by telling the Cincinnati Enquirer: “We did not celebrate or applaud a convicted felon.  We congratulated a lady with health issues coming home to take care of her sick sister.”

In January, on his “Politics Nation” program on MSNBC, Sharpton likened voter ID to a poll tax and claimed its supporters “have not been able to come up with any widespread fraud in any of the states that are passing these laws.”

To the contrary, Al, you’ve embraced the problem.

Cherylyn Harley LeBon, is National Co-Chair of Project 21 and a former Senior Counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Follow her on Twitter @HarleyLeBon.

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The U.S. Now a Banana Republic?

You can hear for yourself just how glaringly the election was stolen after Obama called in the UN to "oversee" our election back in 2012 by listening to the WMAL radio broadcast on the topic from election day that year still found at you tube. People were being brought in by the bus load and allowed to go through and vote multiple times in the same election even when their names had already been crossed off on the poll worker's books as having voted for the year. More outrageous still was the comment made by a fellow Republican here to the effect that they had conducted a panel on the matter and decided there had been no foul play so nothing further could be done and they had more important things to do. What could be more important than voter integrity in any given electoral cycle? I told him that when a panel hides it's collective head in the sand with the statement "nothing wrong here!" stating in denial (not a river in Egypt) like that only allows for our getting our collective tail feathers kicked yet again upon the next election, which is precisely what happened. Wake UP before our democratic republic ends up in the ash heap of history!