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Black woman sentenced to 5 years in prison for illegal voting files new appeal | The Texas Tribune

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The request for review by the state’s highest criminal court was filed by Mason’s attorneys as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU and the Texas Civil Rights Project.

 

Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune

A Fort Worth woman jailed for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 presidential election while on supervised release for a federal conviction is asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to overturn her conviction on illegal voting charges, according to legal documents filed Monday.

Crystal Mason said she cast her ballot — which, like most provisional ballots, was ultimately not counted — on the advice of a poll worker. Mason told the court during her trial and appeals that she did not realize she was ineligible to vote under Texas law, which required her to first complete her sentence on a federal tax fraud conviction.

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Featured Image, Crystal Mason has said she cast her ballot — which, like most provisional ballots, was ultimately not counted — on the advice of a poll worker. Credit: Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune.
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