Was her sentence too harsh, or do judges need to start taking voter fraud in America more seriously? Should citizens and non-citizens who vote in our elections be forced to pay a serious price for disenfranchising the votes of eligible voters in America?
The Hill reports- A Texas woman who was sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 elections has been denied a motion for a new trial.
On March 28, Crystal Mason of Tarrant County, Texas was sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Texas and Mason was on supervised release for tax fraud. However, the 43-year-old claimed she was not aware felons could not vote and when she didn’t see her name on a list of registered voters, a poll worker handed her a provisional ballot. She also signed an affidavit listing the conditions required to vote.
The same judge who handed Crystal Mason the controversial sentence has denied her motion for a new trial in a 16-page ruling late Monday, the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas, reported.
Mason was convicted of casting a provisional ballot in 2016 while she was on supervised release for a 2011 tax fraud conviction back in March.
Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Texas until they finish out their full sentence.
Since her conviction, a petition has been widely circulated calling for all charges against her to be dropped with more than 38,000 signatures, with many saying that the black woman’s sentence is an example of African-Americans being given harsher sentences.
“She’s one step closer to going to prison for a vote that didn’t even count,” Alison Grinter, Mason’s attorney, told the local publication. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to get this case before fresh eyes in the appellate court and have a better outcome.”
When President Trump claimed that millions of illegals probably voted in the 2016 election, the Democrat Party and their allies in the media attacked him. As it turns out, Trump was correct…
According to Investers.com, there is evidence to back Trump’s claims. A 2014 study in the online Electoral Studies Journal shows that in the 2008 and 2010 elections, illegal immigrant votes were in fact quite high.
“We find that some noncitizens participate in U.S. elections and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and congressional elections,” wrote Jesse T. Richman, Gulshan A. Chattha, both of Old Dominion University, and David C. Earnest of George Mason University.
More specifically, they write, “Noncitizen votes likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress.”
Specifically, the authors say that illegals may have cast as many as 2.8 million votes in 2008 and 2010. That’s a lot of votes. And when you consider the population of illegal inhabitants has only grown since then, it’s not unreasonable to suppose that their vote has, too.
In Detroit, MI, two-thirds of the voting machines were found to have registered too many votes.
Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have. Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books.
Democrat Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly prevailed in Detroit and Wayne County. But Republican President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes or 47.5 percent to 47.3 percent.