When she voted in the 2016 election, Crystal Mason had spent almost three years in prison for her conviction for fraud, but had not yet completed her term and continued to serve a three-year release (19659002), according to Fort Wort Star Serious criminals lose their voting rights in Texas until they complete their sentences, including probation and probation.
However, Mason allegedly informed the court that she was unaware of this prohibition and had not been informed that she was not entitled to vote until full execution of her sentence.
"She was in good faith," said Mason's defender J. Warren St. John in an interview. "I do not think she should go to jail for it." Her lawyer has already filed an appeal. "I think the Texas law is extreme in terms of condemning people to jail sentences for electoral violations," he said.
Mason signed a sworn statement to make a preliminary vote stating that it's a violation of the law to vote if you're a convicted criminal, but Mason did not see that part of the ballot, St. John.
"Ms. Mason was never asked if she was convicted by the judge or if she was a convicted criminal," her lawyer said. "Ms. Mason made a good faith vote that she could vote legally because she was not informed by any government agency that she votes against the law."
Prosecutors argued that Mason either wanted to vote illegally or should have known she was not eligible to vote, according to The Fort Worth Star Telegram.
"There were several precautions to stop Crystal Mason from breaking the law, but she still made that decision," said Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson.
"She signed and upheld a document clarifying that (1
) she was not allowed to vote because of her status as a convicted felon who still served her oversight and (2) she would commit a second degree crime lied about her status, "Wilson said. "The judge found her guilty of illegal voting beyond reasonable doubt."
The Star telegram reported at the time of her indictment that Mason believed she was targeted for her election – which she voiced for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump regularly said that the Election was "manipulated" against him, and after winning the presidential election, he argued without proof that massive electoral fraud cost the referendum.