Crystal Mason, 43, was on supervised release for a 2011 conviction for tax fraud when she voted. She said she didn't remember the form saying anything about folks on supervised release being barred from voting, adding that she was never told by the federal court, the election workers, her supervision officer or the sentencing judge in her fraud case that she couldn't vote until she completed her sentence, supervised release included.
"She was never told that she couldn't vote, and she voted in good faith", said the lawyer of Texas woman who was put back in prison shortly after her release. "I was trying to get more money back for my clients". Mason has worked to restart her life after getting released from prison, St. John said, getting a job with the Texas Department of Transportation, then getting a degree from beauty school and becoming self-employed. I took accountability for that. "She would have never voted if she didn't know she could vote".
In Texas and elsewhere, it is confusing for a person involved in the criminal justice system to know if, when and how they can vote.More news: Roseanne Barr Tweets Support for Right-Wing Trump Conspiracy Theory
"I was happy enough to come home and see my daughter graduate", she said. My son is about to graduate. "I didn't even want to go vote".
Mason grabbed her keys and set out for her local precinct.
"You think I would jeopardise my freedom?" As part of her plea agreement, she was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution, according to court documents.
She had gone to vote at her mother's insistence and brought her driver's license as identification, according to her testimony. She told the newspaper past year following her indictment that she had gone to vote at her mother's encouragement and wasn't told when released from federal prison that she could not cast a ballot.More news: Russia Conducts 2nd Test of Heavy Ballistic Missile Sarmat
Mason is now out of jail on an appellate bond that is pending outcome of an appeal, says St. John.
"It's the rare exception when a corrections system informs people about their right to vote", Mauer said.
Tarrant County is the same county where a Grand Prairie mother was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of illegal voting.More news: Melrose pledges to keep British HQ following government intervention