Many people may not have heard of Melowese Richardson. She is a Cincinnati, Ohio resident, who also happens to be an Obama supporter and a poll worker who admitted that she had voted twice in last November’s Presidential election.
It was recently reported that Ms. Richardson has been indicted for voting 6 times. Yes, you’re seeing that right. She faces eight counts of voter fraud, along with two other people, including a nun who submitted an absentee ballot for a fellow sister, who died before the election.
One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that voter fraud is rampant, especially during this past November, where voter ID was not required to cast a ballot in many places. It seems interesting that so many democrats were shouting about racism and voter suppression when more states considered implementing voter ID, yet none of these ever thought to bring up just how many things in our lives we are required to show ID for. We must have proof of ID for everything from opening a bank account, to buying a can of spray paint from the local hardware store. When the outrage over these proposed laws was the loudest, it just so happened that Michelle Obama was on her book signing tour. And hey, guess what? People who attended were required to show an ID!
As someone who is not eligible to vote because I’m not yet a citizen, it makes me sad to see how many people in this nation, politicians included, who don’t care about the absolute privilege they have to vote. Voting is an important duty, an honor and privilege that should never be taken lightly. People, our men and women in uniform have paid with their lives to allow people to vote in free elections. Many have paid the ultimate price to allow people around the world to vote, many for the first time.
Long gone are the days when J.F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Too many people view elections as who they can find out what politician will promise them the most free stuff. They abuse the privilege they have been given, and thereby stolen the voices of others when those who go to the voting booth with the pride of taking part in the duty of voting for our Republic.
As someone who hopes someday soon to be able to vote, I will never take the duty and honor for granted.