What happens if I’m not eligible to vote or register to vote, but I did so anyway?
If you are ineligible to vote or register to vote but did so anyway, you could be prosecuted for voter fraud. And prosecutions do happen. In 2016 in Tarrant County, convicted felon Crystal Mason was sentenced to five years in prison after she voted while on supervised release for tax fraud. She argued that she didn’t know that Texas prohibited felons from voting until they finish their sentence entirely. Mason voted in the presidential election at the urging of her mother and cast a provisional ballot when poll employees couldn’t find her name on voter registration rules.
What if I am not sure if I am eligible to vote?
If you are not sure if you are eligible to vote, please take precautions to make sure that you are eligible. There are serious ramifications if you choose to register to vote or try to vote if you are ineligible. There are resources available to make sure you know your eligibility.
If you have any questions about these issues, please do not hesitate to contact the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 1-800-252-2216, Texas Democratic Party Voter Assistance Hotline at (844) TX-VOTES/844-898-6837, or the Dallas County Elections Department at 469-627-VOTE/469-627-8683.
When can I register to vote?
A person who is convicted of a felony cannot register to vote until (s)he has been pardoned, or (s)he has successfully completed his or her sentence, including any period of:
- Term of Probation
This information was written by Louis A. Bedford IV to provide Texans with updated information regarding their rights and the law as they vote in 2022. It is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace legal advice.