Robert Knight

Melowese Richardson is the poster girl for vote fraud.

The Ohio poll worker was sentenced last July to five years in prison after being convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times — in 2008, 2011 and 2012 — in the name of her sister, in a coma since 2003, according to USA today.

This might be below Chicago graveyard standards, but it’s still impressive. Ms. Richardson has become a heroine to the Left, which is working with its legal arm – the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) – to kill voter photo ID laws in order to ensure that creative voting continues.

“Richardson was previously convicted of threatening to kill a witness in a criminal case against her brother; of stealing; of drunken driving; and of beating someone in a bar fight,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. When sentenced for vote fraud, she was unbowed, claiming to be a victim of racism.

Assistant prosecutor Bill Anderson, however, saw it differently: "(She) is an ideologue who was hell bent on stuffing the ballot box with as many Obama votes as possible."

So, you have a problem with that? The Rev. Al Sharpton doesn’t. He and Ohio Democrats hailed Ms. Richardson at a March 20 rally in Cincinnati following her release after serving eight months of her five-year term for voter fraud.

“There is a growing toxic movement in some corners of the country that are perfectly willing to accept criminal acts in the election and furtherance of a broader progressive agenda," former DOJ Voting Section attorney J. Christian Adams said during a March 25 interview on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

"There is … this corrupt attitude that is beginning to gain total acceptance in some corners of government and academia, that accepts criminality in American elections in the name of payback time.”

Mr. Adams was among DOJ staff during the Bush Administration who investigated vote fraud and intimidation in Mississippi, where the white power structure oppressed black citizens for decades, followed by corrupt, racist black political machines.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.