According to liberals, voter fraud never happens, it is an imaginary problem dreamed up by Republicans, and there is absolutely no need for voter ID laws.
That being said, more than 3/4 of respondents to a recent Rasmussen poll said they believe people should prove their citizenship before being allowed to vote. A federal district judge recently ruled that states are within their rights to require proof of citizenship from voters.
Former Libertarian VP candidate Wayne Allen Root has said that Democrats won in 2012 because of voter fraud. Investigations in the swing states of Florida and Ohio uncovered numerous instances of voter fraud, illegal immigrants voting and people illegally voting multiple times.
Then we have the case of Melowese Richardson in Ohio, who proudly proclaimed on video that she voted for President Obama 6 times, once for herself and 5 times for other people. She was recently embraced and congratulated for her efforts by Al Sharpton at a voting rights rally in Cincinnati.
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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 was charged under state voter fraud laws, found guilty, and sentenced to five years in prison. She was released after only eight months when a judge dismissed her conviction and allowed her to plead no contest to the charges.
But even though her charges were dismissed, she can still be charged under Federal law, if three specific tests are met:
First, the matter must involve a substantial federal interest; second, the prior prosecution must have left that interest demonstrably unvindicated; and third, applying the same test that is applicable to all federal prosecutions, the government must believe that the defendant’s conduct constitutes a federal offense, and that the admissible evidence probably will be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction by an unbiased trier of fact.
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.
It should also be noted that the organization Ohio Votes sponsored the rally at which Al Sharpton met with Melowese Richardson. Ohio Votes is a self-proclaimed non-partisan voter mobilization initiative that concentrates on low income and minority communities to inform and educate voters about “onerous” voting laws and how to vote early. They received over $1 million in government grants in 2012, and seem to have had no problems obtaining their 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS, despite their decidedly partisan stance and blatant political activity.
Richardson needs to be charged under Federal law for her admitted crime of voting multiple times, which is a felony. She also serves as a reminder that voter fraud does indeed happen. One would need to completely check out of reality to assume that she is the only person to have voted multiple times. If she did it with such ease, you can be guaranteed that other people did the exact same thing in Ohio and other states.
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