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Poll worker convicted of illegal voting is released from prison

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A Hamilton County poll worker, sentenced to five years in prison for illegal voting, has been allowed to go home due to mental health issues.

 A judge sentenced Melowese Richardson to the maximum allowed last July for casting two ballots in the presidential election. At the time of her sentencing, the Ohio Justice and Policy Center says she didn't want her mental health status released.

Since then, she has allowed the fact that she suffers from bipolar disorder to be released. David Singleton of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center went to Prosecutor Joe Deters with the information. Deters allowed Richardson to withdraw her plea, then re-enter it. Judge Ruehlman sentenced her today to five years of probation and court costs. Deters said in a release, In the interest of justice, it is time for her to go home."

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