Woman sentenced to five years for voting while on parole

02 April, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Texas woman sentenced to five years for voting illegally in 2016 presidential elections

"Not to vote. I didn't even want to go vote", she added. They can vote once they have completely finished their sentence, which includes probation, parole, and supervised release.

Mason's defense attorney J. Warren St. John, told the Star-Telegram that an appeal had already been filed and he hoped to get Mason out on bond soon. Prosecutors said she and her then husband, Sanford Taylor Hobbs III, inflated their clients tax refunds at their tax and notary business in Everman.

The next time she thought about that night she was being arrested.

A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week following her conviction for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election.

During her testimony, Mason - who served just shy of three years in federal prison - told the court that she was assigned a provisional ballot after she arrived at her usual polling place and discovered that her name was not on the voter roll. She contends that she was never informed of the state's voting restrictions on felons. Not by a district judge. "Not by the probation officer".

"Our society is built on personal responsibility", Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson said in a statement given to WFAA.


According to a report released in 2016 compiled by the Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform advocacy group, more than 6 million felons in the United States and almost 500,000 in Texas were ineligible to vote in 2016. Illegal voting is a second-degree felony that can be penalized by up to 20 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. A former mayor in Florida found guilty of voting fraud received four years of probation and 400 hours of community service hours.

The disenfranchisement of felons varies state to state.

Mason is now out of jail on an appellate bond that is pending outcome of an appeal, says St. John.

"Mason, who spent almost three years in federal prison for inflating returns as part of a tax preparation business she ran with her ex-husband, 'owned up" to her previous wrongdoing and said she would never intentionally try to skirt voting laws.

There is a danger that people like Mason face on election day, Powers says.

"They tell you certain things like you can't be around a felon, you can't have a gun. The loser in all of this can be the voter".

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