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A Texas woman will be serving five years in prison because she voted in the 2016 election. It turns out that 43-year-old Crystal Mason was on parole during this time and Texas law states that a felon cannot vote while serving their sentence or on parole.

Crystal Mason

Mason claims she was unaware of the fact that she could not vote and was never told she would be committing a crime if she did.

“Our society is built on personal responsibility,” Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA. “There were multiple safeguards in place to keep Crystal Mason from breaking the law, but she still made that choice.”

Mason was on parole after serving time in prison for a federal tax crime.

She has already appealed the conviction.

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