Don’t make a hero out of voter fraud convict

To the editor:

I was very upset and angered yesterday to hear on the news that Melowese Richardson was honored by Democrats at a rally in Ohio. The Democrats were pushing their phoney voter-suppression claims, spurred on by Al Sharpton.

For those who do not recognize the name, Melowese Richardson was the woman in Ohio who was convicted of voter fraud. She was a poll worker who voted multiple times for Obama. She pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting. One count charged her with voting for her sister who was in a coma. Four other counts were dropped in exchange for her plea.

She said she didn’t know what the big deal was. She thought it was just fine for her to make up her own rules and do whatever she wanted. She was sentenced to five years but she is out of jail in just eight months.

At an event that was all about voting law, Ohio Democrats invited her – a person guilty of voter fraud – up on the stage, welcomed her back, and applauded her, as if she were some kind of hero. These two-faced Democrats seem to be opposed to any changes in the law that would make it harder to cheat. Their honoring of Melowese Richardson shows where their real intentions lie.

Let me say that I support photo IDs for the purpose of voting or any other changes that are necessary to stop illegal voting. If I had my way, anyone convicted of voter fraud would not only go to jail, but would lose their voting privileges forever. I don’t care whether they are Democrats, Republicans, white, black, yellow, red, brown or green with pink polka dots, or anywhere in between.

Voter fraud ruins the integrity of our democratic elections and must be stamped out, even if those caught and convicted have to have a big “VF” for voter fraud tattooed in the middle of their forehead in fluorescent orange. Those involved in voter fraud are no better than traitors to this nation, and those who honor and applaud them are just as bad.

Stephen Sellers