A convicted felon in Texas has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 election. The felon said she did not know about the law.
A Texas woman plans to challenge a judge's decision to deny her a new trial after sentencing her to five years in prison for voter fraud. Crystal Mason was convicted in March of voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. Texas law makes the 43-year-old ineligible to vote because she was on probation for tax fraud. Mason says she didn't know about that law.
When Mason showed up to vote last November, her name wasn't on the voter roll, so she was asked to fill out and sign a provisional ballot. That's when elections workers discovered she was a convicted felon, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.
"I'm wishing that I never voted. That's how I'm wishing. I'm wishing that I never ever went up there to vote," Mason said.
Mason said she hadn't even planned on voting in the 2016 election until her mother convinced her.
The former tax preparer was sentenced to five years in federal prison in August 2011 and discharged in August 2016. She was then was put on three years supervised release. She said no one ever told her she was not allowed to vote under Texas law.
"Right now, I'm very overwhelmed with all this. Everything is a shock, you know? Everything," Mason said.
Mason was arrested in February this year and sentenced to another five years in prison, this time for illegal voting.