Woman Sentenced To Five Years For Illegally Voting In 2016 Election

Texas woman sentenced to five years for voting illegally in 2016 presidential elections

A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday, March 28, for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election while she was still on supervised release for a prior fraud conviction.

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 told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

She went on to admit the mistakes she did make.

Mason, from Rendon outside Fort Worth, claims she was never told she couldn't vote until she finished her sentence, reports the Star-Telegram.

Mason added that she did not carefully read the form because an election official was helping her. "She changed her life".

For those who don't know, in Texas, voting rights are only restored after the sentencing, including supervised release, has been completed. She said Mason made the choice to vote even though there were safeguards in place to keep her from illegally voting. "My son is about to graduate", she told the prosecutor in court.

"You think I would jeopardize my freedom?"




When she went to cast her ballot in 2016, Mason checked that she was a United States citizen but failed to check that she was on parole, which would have prevented her from voting. As part of her plea agreement, she was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution, according to court documents.

"She's very sad", St. John said of Mason, who's a mother.

When Mason showed up at the polling station, she say that her name was not on the voter role.

Mason's lawyer filed an appeal and is hopeful about her release. But, Texas law prohibits felons from voting while on probation. Although her ballot was later flagged, Mason wasn't told that her vote was illegal until three months later when she was arrested after checking in with her probation officer.

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.

"It's the rare exception when a corrections system informs people about their right to vote", Mauer said.

In February 2017, Rosa Maria Ortega of Grand Prairie, a Mexican national with a green card, was sentenced to eight years in prison after falsely claiming to be a USA citizen on her ballot.

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