Stricter ID laws are “unnecessary” because voter fraud “happens about as often as death by lightning strike,” according to Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt.

Also, ID laws are racist because minorities voters, um, don’t have IDs (or something).

Well, charges of racist voter suppression tactics aside, let’s look at that “unnecessary” claim. More specifically, let’s look at a case of alleged voter fraud that’s blowing up in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election,” writes John Fund for National Review Online.

“A total of 19 voters and nine witnesses are part of the probe,” he adds.

Shockingly enough, Melowese Richardson, an official poll worker who registered thousands of voters in 2012, told Cincinnati’s Channel 9 that she voted twice in the last election.

Twice. No big deal.

From Channel 9:

According to county documents, Richardson’s absentee ballot was accepted on Nov. 1, 2012 along with her signature. On Nov. 11, she told an official she also voted at a precinct because she was afraid her absentee ballot would not be counted in time.

“There’s absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud,” said Richardson. . . .

The board’s documents also state that Richardson was allegedly disruptive and hid things from other poll workers on Election Day after another female worker reported she was intimidated by Richardson. . . .

During the investigation it was also discovered that her granddaughter, India Richardson, who was a first time voter in the 2012 election, cast two ballots in November.

Of course, Richardson says she’ll contest the charges: “I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.”

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