Skip to comments.Texas woman sentenced five years in prison for casting ballot while ineligible to vote
Posted on 06/15/2018 5:12:11 PM PDT by simpson96
A Texas woman plans to challenge a judge's decision to deny her a new trial after sentencing her to five years in prison for voter fraud. Crystal Mason was convicted in March of voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. Texas law makes the 43-year-old ineligible to vote because she was on probation for tax fraud. Mason says she didn't know about that law.
When Mason showed up to vote last November, her name wasn't on the voter roll, so she was asked to fill out and sign a provisional ballot. That's when elections workers discovered she was a convicted felon, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.
"I'm wishing that I never voted. That's how I'm wishing. I'm wishing that I never ever went up there to vote," Mason said.
Mason said she hadn't even planned on voting in the 2016 election until her mother convinced her.
The former tax preparer was sentenced to five years in federal prison in August 2011 and discharged in August 2016. She was then was put on three years supervised release. She said no one ever told her she was not allowed to vote under Texas law.
"Right now, I'm very overwhelmed with all this. Everything is a shock, you know? Everything," Mason said.
Mason was arrested in February this year and sentenced to another five years in prison, this time for illegal voting.
"Voting is something that people should be scared of. That's the message, pure and simple. And it certainly worked on Crystal," Mason's defense attorney Alison Grinter said.
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"Voting is something that people should be scared of. That's the message, pure and simple." Alison Grinter.
imprison them all
GREAT!!! IMPRISON ALL THE FRAUDS!!!
Breaking the law is something that people should be scared of.
That’s the message, pure and simple.
— Delta 21
I hope word of this spreads far and wide. May stop a few dead democraps from casting their ballots.
they sentence this women to five years in the pen. Democrats stuff the ballot box every election and nothing is ever done about it.
Paul Manafort is now sitting in prison even though he has never been convicted of any crime and does not even posses a passport.
I'm afraid we are about to lose the consent of the governed and for good reason.
It’s a start
Five years? Is that all? The punishment for Voter Fraud should be a minimum of 20 years, a $10,000.00 fine AND to be forever ineligible to future voting as well as forfeiture of any and all tax payer funded benefits, such as food, housing and welfare, in general.
Put that into the law and watch how rapidly the democRAT party goes the way of the Dodo bird.
Im a legal Canadian in the US who was asked during the Obama admin if I wanted to register to vote when I went for a driver license renewal and was asked if I wanted to register to vote. I said no, Im not a citizen. I was told that doesnt matter. . I respectfully declined. My wife is a citizen, my son is a citizen because he served in the US military. Im not yet. I have and will continue to campaign for Trump but will not vote until Im legally allowed to do so..
very mixed feelings on this because of the fact that I don’t think there was intent to break the law if we believe her. but voting rules need to have teeth when it comes to eligibility. I would love to see hat sentencing is on the one who there are no doubt about intentions.
I would have reported that person who told you that.
Five years for attempting to vote with a provisional ballot? That seems wildly excessive. I know ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse, but seriously? People get far less time than that for far more serious crimes. Again, it was a “provisional” ballot. Meaning she thought she was allowed to vote but wasn’t on the voter list. Why wouldn’t they simply look at the ballot, say she’s ineligible, and toss it?
Get all those Florida/northeast snow birds who vote early in Florida then vote in their home states. Lock em up.
Five years for attempting to vote with a provisional ballot?
Vote fraud is a direct attack on the entire body politic. 5 years for a first offense sounds just about right.
A prosecution for vote fraud?!?!?
The lady must have voted “R”.
Prosecuting vote fraud should be one of the highest legal priorities in a country that wants election integrity, and the penalties should be severe. That’s why democrats never want this felony prosecuted.
My first thought - she is on work release or parole.
Break the law?
Back to jail, plus, the full penalty for the new crime.
I believe the law calls this “contumacy” - stubborn refusal to obey or comply with authority.
You are believing this woman’s story. She is a convicted felon. The provisional ballot clearly states that under penalty of law, you are stating that you are eligible to vote.
Felons know they can’t vote in most states, and the ballot probably also stated that on it.
I don’t think any of the non-felons are afraid of voting.
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