Federal Sentence for Woman Convicted of Illegal Voting

Crystal Mason was also sentenced to five years in state prison last March

Vote sign outside of Austin City Hall, July 31, 2012.

A North Texas woman convicted of illegal voting has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for violating her parole from a fraud case by casting a ballot.

Crystal Mason was sentenced in March to five years in state prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. When she voted, Mason was on parole from a previous federal fraud charge.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

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State law prohibits voting by a person still serving a sentence for a crime.

This week, Mason was convicted in federal court because voting was a violation of her parole.


Davis Land

Senior Producer

Davis Land is a senior producer at Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a graduate...

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