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Pardon Black Woman Imprisoned for Voting
Crystal hadn’t originally planned to vote in the 2016 presidential elections, but after her mother reminded her how important it was, she decided to do so to set a good example for her children. For that, she is now facing 5 years or more in prison. Sign the petition to call on Texas Governor Abbott to pardon Crystal for the “crime” of voting. Because Crystal previously spent time in prison for tax fraud, she had been unknowingly stripped by the state of Texas of her voting rights, and her innocent attempt to submit a ballot as an ineligible voter was actually a felony. Meanwhile, a white judge in a nearby city who recently plead guilty to forging multiple signatures to help himself get re-elected was only sentenced to probation. But a black mother of three is being sent to prison for years because she tried once to vote while ineligible. Crystal was simply trying to do her civic duty in a state where African-Americans and people of color face serious barriers to voting. It’s no coincidence that only 6% of the population of her city voted in the last midterm elections. Perhaps the saddest part of this story is that Crystal’s children now say they will never vote. What kind of message are we sending to our children that they should be afraid to vote in the country they contribute to? Please join me in calling on Governor Abbott to pardon Crystal and release her back to her family.