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Tarrant County Woman Gets 5 Years In Prison for Illegal Voting

Tarrant County Woman Gets 5 Years In Prison for Illegal Voting

A Texas woman got sentenced to five years behind bars this week for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential elections.

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

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

Mason was escorted to jail following her sentence.

Mason says that back on November 8, 2016, her mother encouraged her to vote and she obliged.

However, she did admit not reading the affidavit thoroughly because the election worker had been helping her fill the form out. "She changed her life".

According to a report released in 2016 compiled by the Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform advocacy group, more than 6 million felons in the United States and almost 500,000 in Texas were ineligible to vote in 2016.




"I find it unbelievable that the government feels she made this up", Mason's attorney said to the court. "That's being honest. I'll never vote again", she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Almost 500,000 convicted felons in Texas were not allowed to vote in the 2016 election. My son is about to graduate.

Mason insists that she did not know she was not eligible to vote and wouldn't have risked returning to prison.

"You think I would jeopardize my freedom?" As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, she also couldn't be reached by phone. She only voted that day because her mother wanted her to, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. 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.

Samantha Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office, told the Dallas Morning News that the investigation into Mason began when a worker at a polling place noticed and reported issues with her ballot.

Mason is now out of jail on an appellate bond that is pending outcome of an appeal, says St. John. She contends that she was never informed of the state's voting restrictions on felons.

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 US citizen on her ballot.


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