Monday, 23 July, 2018

Texas Mother Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Voting Illegally

Texas woman sentenced to five years for voting illegally in 2016 presidential elections Texas Woman Voted Illegally in 2016 Election, Gets Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
Steve Townsend | 02 April, 2018, 11:23

- A North Texas woman was sentenced to five years in prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

At the time of the 2016 election, Mason was on probation after pleading guilty to defrauding the federal government in 2011.

"I was happy enough to come home and see my daughter graduate", she continued.

Mason said she didn't even want to vote, but was convinced by her mother to do so.

Additionally, having signed an affidavit to receive the provisional ballot, she said that she didn't even read the rules on the document closely because she was being assisted by an elected official and trusted them. "Why would she risk going back to prison for something that is not going to change her life?"

Texas law prohibits felons from voting until their full sentence, including supervised release, is served. She was living under community supervision on Election Day, and authorities including her probation officer hadn't told her that she was not legally allowed to vote. "My son is about to graduate", she told the prosecutor in court.

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"You think I would jeopardise my freedom?"

Almost 500,000 convicted felons in Texas were not allowed to vote in the 2016 election. She has said that she believes she was being targeted for prosecution because she voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump for president.

"I find it awesome that the government feels she made this up", St. John told the court.

Mason is now out of jail on an appellate bond that is pending outcome of an appeal, says St. John.

The distraught mother of two justified that she voted upon her mother's insistence and wasn't aware of the fact she couldn't vote. She reportedly told the judge at her sentencing hearing that she was given a provisional ballot when she went to her usual polling place and realized that her name wasn't on the voter roll, according to the Star-Telegram. In Texas, convicted felons can have their voting privileges restored after fully completing their sentences. Shew was prosecuted in the same county where a Mexican national last year was sentenced to eight years in prison over illegal voting.

Tarrant County District Attorney, Sharen Wilson, took a different stance, calling this a matter of personal responsibility.

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