A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week after being convicted of illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election.
Crystal Mason, 43, of Tarrant County, Texas, is a convicted felon for tax fraud during the supervised release, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Texas law prohibits offenders from voting until their full sentence, including supervised dismissal, is served.
Mason opted for state district Ruben Gonzalez to stand trial in court, the newspaper said.
During the testimony, Mason said that she had received a preliminary vote at the polling station after learning that her name was not on the registered electoral roll. However, Gonzalez Mason expressed the affidavit that she had to sign to obtain the preliminary vote, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
The affidavit outlines the necessary requirements to vote according to the Dallas Morning News.
Mason, who spent nearly three years in federal jail, argued that she was never informed about the law, which prevents criminals from voting, and does not remember reading anything on the form she received from the She would never have chosen her choice if she had known that she would go behind bars.
The 43-year-old said she only voted because her mother insisted, the Star telegram reported.
"I was lucky enough to come home and see my daughter graduate," she said. "My son is about to graduate, why should I endanger that, not to vote … I did not even want to vote."
Immediately after the decision, Mason's lawyer, J. Warren St. John, told the newspaper that an appeal had been filed and he hoped to release Mason soon.
"I find it amazing that the government feels it invented that," said St. John. "She never knew she could not vote and she voted in good faith, why would she risk going to jail for something that would not change her life?"