Melowese Richardson, an Ohio pollworker since 1998, pleaded no contest to four counts of illegal voting for incidents that spanned the 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The crimes are felonies, and she faces up to six years at sentencing. The Madisonville County resident had faced four other illegal voting charges but those were dropped in exchange for the no contest pleas.
Richardson’s fraud was spotted when other poll workers noticed absentee ballots coming in with her handwriting on them. That included three ballots from a relative of hers who had been in a coma since 2003.
This has been an epidemic in Ohio’s Hamilton County. Richard was the third person there to be convicted this year for voter fraud. Three other cases are pending before the court, the Enquirer reports.