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A Texas mother sentenced to five years in prison for voting illegally in the 2016 election appealed her conviction Tuesday, saying she did not know her status as a felon on release made her ineligible to cast a ballot.Crystal Mason, a mother of three, was on supervised release after serving time for tax fraud when she filled out a provisional ballot.
"There's no way that I would have attempted to vote, to leave my children, to lose my job, to go through what I'm going through right now," Mason told CNN in a May interview at her Dallas church.In court Tuesday, Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Helena Faulkner said, "She knew she was ineligible to vote.
"Sam Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, said in a statement to CNN it should have been clear to Mason she was ineligible to vote.
"This is an example of an individual (who's) following procedures that are put in place, safeguards that already exist," said Sophia Lakin, an attorney with the ACLU's Voting Rights Project who attended the Tuesday hearing.