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Federal Sentence for Woman Convicted of Illegal Voting

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

Ariel Min/The Texas Tribune
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.

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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.

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