On May 24, 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project filed an amicus brief in support of a motion for a new trial in Texas v. Mason. The defendant in that case, Crystal Mason, was criminally prosecuted and sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly casting a provisional ballot improperly.

There is no evidence of widespread voting fraud in the United States. Recently, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found only two cases of in-person voter fraud out of 20 million votes cast. The case is currently pending ruling on defendant's amended motion for new trial.

Update: On May 10, 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and the Texas Civil Rights Project joined the legal team representing Crystal Mason, a Fort Worth woman challenging her conviction for illegal voting. The civil rights groups will represent Crystal Mason in her upcoming hearing set before the Texas Court of Appeals. Attorneys will ask the court to either reverse the previous conviction and acquit Mason of the charge of illegal voting or order a new trial. The civil rights groups will be working with Crystal Mason’s current criminal attorneys, Alison Grinter and Kim Cole.

Date filed

May 23, 2018


Tarrant County Criminal Court


The Honorable Ruben Gonzalez Jr.


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