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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Texas Woman Gets 5 Years in Prison for Illegally Voting

A district judge sentenced a Tarrant County woman to five years in prison Wednesday for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election.

Crystal Mason, 43, was on supervised release for a 2011 conviction for tax fraud when she voted. In Texas, convicted felons can't vote until they complete their full sentence, including supervised release.

After her conviction, Mason chose to forgo a jury trial and have her sentence assessed instead. State District Judge Ruben Gonzalez oversaw sentencing.

In cases such as Mason's, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was aware that she was not allowed to vote, Tarrant County prosecutor Matt Smid said.

The investigation began after a worker at the polls reported problems with Mason's ballot, said Samantha Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office.



Anonymous said...

Dave T: Wow! Am I reading this correctly? Somebody somewhere is actually enforcing the laws we already have? Amazing. I thought laws were only created these days by our stupid politicans to make them feel and look important, while screwing the American public with unnecessary over-regulation.
Just imagine how many other crimes we could discourage if we enforced existing laws more effectively! Funny how most legislation passed isn't even useful, efficient, or effective.
"The punishment we will all receive for not being involved with politics, is that we will be ruled by our inferiors." --- Plato. Does this seem familiar?

Anonymous said...

Make it a serious crime because once someone is elected due to voter fraud, that elected person still serves.

Anonymous said...

I have shown my driver's license this week at the doctor's office, the hospital and the pharmacy. No ID, NO service. I am happy to do this as it protects me from fraud.
I just wish our voting system was protected from the voter fraud that can easily destroy out country.