Tarrant County Woman Gets 5 Years In Prison for Illegal Voting

Tarrant County Woman Gets 5 Years In Prison for Illegal Voting

Tarrant County Woman Gets 5 Years In Prison for Illegal Voting

Highlighting in the most "horrifying" and "insane" manner the way that many states disenfranchise convicted or former felons, a Texas judge is sending a woman to jail for five years for unknowingly casting an illegal vote in the 2016 election when she was on probation.

In November 2016, she cast her vote in the 2016 election in Tarrant County, Texas, only to discover she had committed a second-degree felony as Texas prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from voting.

She testified that she didn't know people convicted of felonies can't vote until they complete their sentence, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Five years earlier, Mason had pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution.

"She was never told that she couldn't vote, and she voted in good faith", said the lawyer of Texas woman who was put back in prison shortly after her release.

Mason admitted in court this week that she didn't read the affidavit carefully but blamed others, including election workers and her supervision officers, saying they'd never told her she couldn't vote. "I was trying to get more money back for my clients". I took accountability for that. Mason claims she did not know the laws barring her from voting in the presidential contest.

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To register to vote in Texas, a person must be 18 and a US citizen and can not be a convicted felon or have been declared mentally incapacitated by a court.

"I was happy enough to come home and see my daughter graduate", she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Though Mason was remanded into custody immediately after being sentenced to five years in the voting case, St. John has already filed an appeal that could get her released on bail.

"I didn't even want to go vote", she claimed. "My son is about to graduate", she told the prosecutor in court. Why would I jeopardize that?

Per a previous report from 2017, Mason said that she believed she was being targeted because she voted for Hillary Clinton. She contends that she was never informed of the state's voting restrictions on felons.

An illegal immigrant was sentenced earlier this year in Tarrant County to eight years in prison for voting illegally and also faces deportation at the end of her sentence, the Star-Telegram reported.

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