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Texas Judges Deny Appeal to Overturn Five-Year Prison Sentence for Illegally Voting

A Texas three-judge panel has upheld the five-year prison sentence of a Black woman who voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

Crystal Mason, 45, has been fighting to appeal her sentence after a judge ordered her to prison after she cast a provisional ballot, not knowing her status as a convicted felon on parole made her ineligible to vote. Her ballot ultimately wasn’t counted.

Now her lawyers are seeking to have the full panel of the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas review the decision, according to a release published by the American Civil Liberties Union last Friday.

“We are disappointed with the decision and believe that it is wrong on the law,” said Tommy Buser-Clancy, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Texas, which is also representing Mason. “Crystal submitted a provisional ballot that wasn’t counted, she did not vote illegally. We’ll continue to fight on behalf of Crystal by asking the entire Second Court of Appeals to re-hear this decision.”

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