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This Texas woman was given a 5-year prison sentence after mistakenly voting while on probation

By Paula Rogo,

A Texas woman who mistakenly voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election has been dealt a five-year prison sentence.

Crystal Mason claims that she did not fully understand the terms of her probation following a fraud conviction from 2011, USA Today reports. According to Texas law, people convicted of felonies cannot vote, the Dallas Morning News reports. But convicts can have their voting rights restored after they have completed their full sentence, including probation.

When Mason showed up at the polling station, she say that her name was not on the voter role. Instead, she was granted a provisional ballot, for which she had to sign an affidavit that included a requirement that she was not.



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