Progressive liberals often argue against voter ID laws by making the ridiculous claim that it is too hard for minorities to get an ID, therefore their vote will be suppressed. They also claim that voter fraud is non-existent.
Both of these claims are patently false, as North Carolina, among many other states, offer free voter ID cards for those that need them, and numerous cases of voter fraud were uncovered in Ohio and Florida this past election cycle.
Many states are trying to fight against voter fraud by cleaning up their voter registration rolls and implementing voter ID laws. But Eric Holder‘s Justice Department is suing and obstructing them instead of assisting them. It has become obvious that Holder doesn’t care about voter fraud.
Now we get word that Holder’s DOJ is refusing to pursue charges against a convicted vote fraudster in Ohio. Her name is Melowese Richardson, and she was recently congratulated and hailed as a hero by race-hustler Al Sharpton at a “voting rights rally” in Cincinnati.
According to Breitbart:
Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President. In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.
The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson’s lionization by Sharpton and the organization that sponsored the rally demonstrates how the Justice Department is facilitating a culture of brazen criminality on the eve of the 2014 midterm elections. The failure to indict Richardson is the latest example of Holder’s department excusing lawlessness in federal elections and abandoning law abiding Americans.
Richardson bragged on camera about voting 6 times for President Obama in the 2012 election. She was charged and convicted under Ohio voting law and sentenced to 5 years. However, a judge dismissed her conviction and set her free after only 8 months.
Although she has already been tried and convicted under state law, she can still be charged under federal law without subjecting her to double jeopardy, should a few DOJ standards be met.
Federal charges against Richardson easily satisfy DOJ guidelines. There is a unique federal interest in ensuring voter fraud does not taint the election of the President and Congress. Second, the federal interest in having valid elections for President and Congress remains unvindicated; Richardson walks free and is now being cheered at rallies. Last, Richardson admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies and her handwriting matched the ballot applications that were sent to her house.
The fact that Ms. Richardson not only walks free, but is being embraced and held up as a hero for her actions, is a slap in the face to all who hold the sanctity and integrity of our voting system dear. The DOJ needs to get over their partisan views and uphold the law against a blatant and unrepentant violator.
The story of Melowese Richardson, while appearing anecdotal, cannot be assumed to be a one-off case. One can rest assured that similar actions occurred in at least every swing state during the last election. If people that deliberately vote fraudulently are not held accountable for their illegal actions, it only encourages more people to do the same thing.
Melowese Richardson is proof of why voter ID should be required to register and vote.