Woman sentenced to five years in jail for voter fraud

The Texas Supreme Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced a Texas woman to five years in prison for voting illegally in the 2016 election, provoking outrage among voting rights activists and that her case is pending in the Court of Appeals.

The Lower Court of Appeals has upheld the partial indictment of Crystal Mason, a woman who committed a crime under consideration in the 2016 election and filled out countless provisional ballots. Ms Mason insisted at the time that she did not know she was ineligible to vote and that a poll worker had advised her to submit a provisional ballot.

Ms Mason’s ignorance was “not related to her prosecution” in 2020 by the Torrent County Second Court of Appeals. But the Court of Criminal Appeal did not agree, paving the way for the dismissal of the indictment.

“This is great news for Miss Mason, but the fight is not over,” said Tommy Buserclancy, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union in Texas, who represented Ms Mason, by phone Wednesday.

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