The Texas Tribune reported today (Friday, March 30) that Crystal Mason was indicted on a charge of illegal voting in Tarrant County. But what is interesting is how the Texas Tribune, one of most liberal media outlets in Texas, reported the news items.
Reporter Meagan Flynn wrote, "The case is yet another illustration of Texas's zealous crackdown on voter fraud, a problem that state GOP leaders have described as "rampant" in the past but for which they have yet to provide hard proof, save for isolated cases "such as Mason". The reporter is "ditorializing" with the phrase zealous crackdown".
The reporter also casts doubt on the number of voter fraud cases by placing the word "rampant" in quotes to focus on it and question it. We can assume she would not report an issue she supports that way.
The convicted Mason claimed ignorance and sought sympathy, and said she was not aware that she was barred from casting a ballot. She told the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph, "You think I would jeopardize my freedom? You honestly think I would ever want to leave my babies again? That was the hardest thing in my life to deal with. Who would "as a mother, as a provider" leave their kids over voting?
However, Mason had recently been released from federal prison for another type of fraud tax fraud. She has a 2012 tax fraud conviction for inflating returns for her clients.
Voter fraud has been caught in Tarrant County before, most recently in February 2017, when a Mexican national with a green card was sentenced to eight years in prison after falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen on her ballot. Again, like with Mason, Rosa Maria Ortega claimed ignorance to the law.
Interestingly though, the reporter noted that Ortega voted as a Republican in elections in 2012 and 2014, but doesn't note how Mason voted.
Whether there is one case of voter fraud or a million cases, voter fraud is wrong, criminal, and it should be prosecuted. However, just like Democrats and the liberal Media are upset with the proposed Census question regarding citizenship, they are upset with Voter ID laws. What is it about transparency that offends Democrats and the Media so much?
Voting is privilege not a right. We must treat it as such rather than let anyone and everyone vote without careful scrutiny.