The case is reminiscent of that of another Texas woman, Rosa Ortega, who was sentenced to eight years for illegally voting in several elections because, according to her, she believed her permanent residency card made her a U.S. citizen. Mason has worked to restart her life after getting released from prison, St. John said, getting a job with the Texas Department of Transportation, then getting a degree from beauty school and becoming self-employed. "My son is about to graduate", she said. Convicted of voting illegally, she received a sentence of eight years in prison for voting in the 2012 general election and the 2014 Republican primary runoff.
Mason's attorney, J Warren St John, did not immediately comment. "Ms. Mason voted in good faith that she could legally vote because she was never notified by any government agency that it was against the law to vote".
But Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in a statement that despite "multiple safeguards in place", Mason "still made that choice". She said that inflated tax returns filed through a tax preparation business that she and her ex-husband owned and operated.
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. "Not to vote. I didn't even want to go vote". The polling place where she voted did not find her name on the voter roll, so she was granted a provisional ballot.
However, she did admit not reading the affidavit thoroughly because the election worker had been helping her fill the form out. Some states allow people to vote once they are released from prison, while others, like Texas, force them to complete all aspects of their sentences before they can vote again.
Mason says that back on November 8, 2016, her mother encouraged her to vote and she obliged. A federal judge has twice blocked Texas' voter ID law, including a revised version past year that was backed by the Trump administration.
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