Crystal Mason, 43, was sentenced to five years ‘ imprisonment for the illegal votes in 2016 presidential elections.
(Tarrant County Jail)
A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week after her conviction for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential elections.
Crystal Mason, 43, Tarrant County, Texas, is a convicted felon for tax fraud and vote, while still on supervised release, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Texas law prohibits felons from voting until their full sentence, including supervised release, is served.
Texas felon who “didn’t even want to go vote’ gets jail time for voting illegally https://t.co/DIcXJqNQEe
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) March 29, 2018
Mason chosen for state district judge Ruben Gonzalez to determine its meaning, instead of standing trial before a jury, the paper reported.
During the testimony, Mason said she got a provisional ballot in the polling station after learning that her name is not on the registered voters list. However, Gonzalez pressed Mason on the affidavit form she was required to sign the provisional ballot, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The declaration form will be the necessary requirements needed to vote, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Mason, who has just under three years in federal prison, claiming she was never informed of the law that prevents criminals from the vote, and did not remember reading anything on the form that would exempt her right to vote — to add that they never would have voted, had they known that it would mean going back behind bars.
The 43-year-old said they voted only because her mother insisted, the Star-Telegram reported.
Woman smart enough to defraud taxpayers of millions of dollars go to jail for voting illegally (a crime Democrats say does not exist). The democrat Media crying about: https://t.co/CnTYoHyMfb
— Mike Paranzino (@mikeparanzino) 30 March 2018
“I was lucky enough to come home and see my daughter graduate,” she said. “My son is about to graduate. Why would I be in danger? Not to vote. … I did not even want to go vote.”
Immediately after the verdict, Mason’s lawyer, J. Warren St. John, told the newspaper an appeal was submitted, and he hopes Mason released on bond soon.
“I find it incredible that the government feels they”, St. John told the court. “She was never told that they could not vote, and they voted in good faith. Why would they risk going back to prison for something that is not going to change her life?”
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.