A Texas mom, Crystal Mason, was sentenced to five years in prison for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 presidential election, and now she may face jail time.
Mason lost her constitutional right to vote because she was convicted of illegal voting in March 2016, but said she did not know that she was banned from voting in Texas because of her criminal record, notes Democracy Now.
Mason’s supporters claim her conviction was racially biased because Terri Lynn Rote, a white woman in Iowa, did not get prison time even though she was convicted of a similar crime after trying to vote for Trump twice.
Rote got only two years’ probation and a $750 fine.
Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, told Democracy Now how laws restricting the voting rights of convicted felons have disenfranchised more than 6 million people.
(Source: Democracy Now)