I did not know I was considered ineligible to vote. So a poll worker advised me to submit a provisional ballot. It never counted, but I was still convicted.

This piece was originally published in USA Today

Five years ago, I never thought about being a voting rights advocate. I wanted to focus on being a good mom and a grandmother. If someone would have told me that I would be part of the ongoing fight for our democracy, I would have laughed. But here I am, in this new role because I have personally been harmed by efforts to target people for supposed “illegal voting.”

My life has been destroyed by the claim that I illegally voted — even though I didn’t intend to do anything wrong and my provisional ballot was never even counted. Five years later, my family and I are still battling. And now more than ever, I’m seriously concerned for my fellow Texans and securing their right to vote without fear.

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