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Sun May 12, 2019, 03:25 AM

ACLU, Texas civil rights group to represent local woman convicted of illegal voting

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and the Texas Civil Rights Project joined the legal team representing Crystal Mason, the Rendon woman challenging her conviction for illegal voting, on Friday.

Mason, 43, was sentenced to five years in prison for casting a provisional ballot in the November 2016 election. The ballot was not counted, and Mason said she did not know she was not allowed to vote while was on supervised release from a 2011 fraud conviction.

I am very excited to have the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project joining me in my fight, Mason said in a press release. I am very grateful and I hope that justice will prevail here.

In June, a judge denied her motion for a new trial. In August, Mason was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for violating the terms of her parole that were issued in a 2011 tax fraud case.

Read more: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article230273689.html

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