From Oscar Silva <[email protected]>
Subject Crystal Mason's story
Date October 21, 2019 9:32 PM
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Crystal Mason lived in Tarrant County, Texas for her entire life. Like a lot of people, she worked hard to buy a home and build a better future for her children. She loved her community and her hometown.

But in 2016, it was in that community that she was arrested and charged with illegal voting. After a one-day trial, a judge sentenced her to five years in prison for submitting a provisional ballot, even though it was never counted.

Crystal had no idea that the state of Texas considered her an ineligible voter because she was on supervised release following a tax fraud conviction. No one had ever told her.

Please take a moment to read Crystal's story in her own words, and then share it with your friends and family:

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Civic responsibility was a big part of Crystal's life from the time she was old enough to vote. It was something the women in her family taught her at a young age.

So on Election Day in 2016, she went to the same polling place she'd always gone to and was confused when she was told she wasn't on the voter rolls. But a poll worker handed her a provisional ballot to fill out just in case, and no one gave it a second thought.

Crystal was quickly caught up in the GOP's contrived voter fraud panic, even though there's never been any widespread evidence to prove that it's an issue.

We can't call this anything but voter suppression.

Even though turnout increased dramatically in 2018, Texas still has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country. We should be focused on making it easier for people to vote, not harder -- and that's exactly why here at Battleground Texas, we set a goal to register 250,000 Texans, including 146,000 young voters and 131,000 voters of color.

Stopping people like Crystal Mason from voting doesn't make our democracy stronger. We know that when more people can have their voices heard, we'll create a better Texas for everyone.

So please, take a moment to read Crystal's op-ed in the Washington Post and then share her story with your friends and family:

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En Solidaridad,


Oscar Silva
Executive Director
Battleground Texas



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