Still in denial that there was voter fraud in the 2012 election?
Hamilton County is the third most populous county in the State of Ohio, located in the southwest corner of the state. The county seat is Cincinnati. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 802,374, which is a decrease of 5.1% from 845,303 in 2000. The county is named for the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.
As a result of an investigation by Ohio’s Hamilton County Board of Elections, three people are facing charges related to improper voting in last November’s pivotal elections that ensured another four years for the POS.
One of the three is not just a nun, but the dean of the College of Mount St. Joseph’s arts and humanities department.
Those charged are:
1. Russell Glassop, 75, Symmes Township, illegal voting, a charge that carries up to 18 months in prison. He is accused of voting on behalf of his deceased wife. She requested an absentee ballot, but died before the ballot was mailed.
2. Melowese Richardson, 58, Madisonville, eight counts of illegal voting, charges that carry up to 12 years in prison. Richardson is an Obama supporter and a poll worker when the fraud took place who has since been fired. She has admitted on camera to a local TV station for voting twice in last November’s presidential election: “Yes, I voted twice. [But there] was no intent on my part to commit any voter fraud. I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.” Richardson is also indicted for allegedly voting at least six times on behalf of relatives in various elections in 2008 and 2011. One of the relatives is a granddaughter, India Richardson, who told Fox News that her grandmother did indeed vote in her name, saying that “it wasn’t a big deal.”
3. Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, of Delhi Township: Accused of illegal voting, a charge that carries up to 18 months in prison. Kloos told investigators that she filled out an absentee ballot for a nun (Sister Rose Marie Hewitt) who had died a month before last November’s election, forging her signature and mailing it to the Board of Elections as a vote.
While news reports did not identify Sister Kloos’ political party identification, there is little doubt she’s a Democrat given the following from her faculty profile:
“Dr. Kloos has taught a number of interdisciplinary courses drawing on eco-theology, a first passion from her undergraduate studies in environmental studies. She has also done research in feminist methodologies for cross-cultural spiritual care.”
Kloos was not indicted but faces what is known as an information, because her lawyer contacted prosecutors and she agreed to cooperate and plead guilty. Kloos has resigned as the dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, but the college’s Faculty Directory page still lists her as dean. Kloos continues as an associate professor of religious and pastoral studies.
In a statement about Kloos, the college said, “As a valued member of the Mount community, our thoughts are with her during this difficult time. We respect her privacy and will not comment further on this matter at this time.” Ironically, Mount St. Joseph’s website proclaims its commitment to “ethical leadership”: “At the Mount, ethical leadership is an intentional, living manifestation of our culture of ethics and service.”
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said, “Elections are a serious business and the foundation of our democracy. Individual votes may not seem important, but this could not be further from the truth.” Three additional cases remain under investigation.
Some questions linger about 50 people who cast an absentee ballot and then voted on a provisional ballot, said Hamilton County Board of Elections Chairman Tim Burke, a Democrat. But Democratic Board of Elections members say there is nothing wrong with that because only one vote counted. The process worked to make sure each person only got one vote, they say. Republican Board of Elections members argue there is a conflict in state law about whether that’s allowed.
The investigation into voter fraud by the Hamilton County Board of Elections is part of a statewide review ordered by Secretary of State John Husted, a Republican, who had called on all 88 counties to review complaints of fraud, as well as voter disenfranchisement.
Husted said in a written statement: “Every voter must play by the rules, and if they don’t they will be held accountable. For voters to have confidence in our elections, we must prosecute every case of voter fraud in Ohio.”
Thank you, Mr. Husted. I just wish the secretaries of state of other States are as conscientious.
What Ohio’s Secretary of State John Husted has shown, however, is that we can do something about vote fraud, despite that stupid 1982 legal agreement (“Consent Decree) that the Republican National Committee (RNC) made with the Democratic National Committee, in which the RNC agreed not to prevent or challenge vote fraud in voting districts with a “significant” minority population. (See “Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud,” Nov. 15, 2012.)
- “Obama 2012 campaign conspired to register 11,000 in NC against state law,” Feb. 23, 2013.
- “22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election,” Nov. 20, 2012.
- “What You Can Do About Vote Fraud,” Nov. 17, 2012: For the names of your state’s attorney general, to write to request your AG conduct an investigation into possible vote fraud in your state.