On Thursday, an appeals court upheld the five-year prison sentence of a Texas woman convicted of illegally voting.
Crystal Mason, on parole for defrauding the federal government in a tax prep scheme, was convicted of illegally voting in the 2016 election.
Mason and her attorneys (ACLU) claim she was never told she wasn’t allowed to vote. She was.
At her initial trial, multiple letters sent to Mason’s home after her federal conviction informing her she had been removed from the voter rolls and was ineligible to vote were produced.
Additionally, the provisional ballot that Mason read and signed stated that, if she was on probation, she was ineligible to vote. Mason, who had a parole officer, signed that declaration.
How weak is the claim that she didn’t know? So weak it wasn’t made the basis of her appeal. Instead, Mason’s appeal was based on the fact that her provisional ballot wasn’t counted.
So, she broke the law but shouldn’t be punished, novel.Read More