A Texas Woman ‘Voted Like a U.S. Citizen.’ Only She Wasn’t. – The New York Times


Her punishment may be unprecedented for an offense that often draws a minimal sentence or probation. Ms. Ortega, who has a seventh-grade education and a sometimes shaky grasp on the complexities of her life, has steadfastly insisted that she did not know she was violating the law — that she is being imprisoned and probably deported for the crime of being confused.

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  1. As a green-card holder, Ortega says she never thought she couldn’t vote. While a resident of Dallas County, Ortega received a voter card after providing a valid driver’s license and Social Security card and being approved through the state process, according to Toni Pippins-Poole, the Dallas County elections administrator.

    In 2012 voted for Mitt Romney for president; two years later she voted for Paxton for attorney general, according to her attorney, Clark Birdsall.

    Upon moving to Tarrant County, she again registered to vote, but her application was rejected because she checked the box indicating she is a non-citizen. Confused, she told election officials she had previously voted in Dallas County. She received another application and this time marked the box affirming that she is a citizen.

    That raised red flags, and she was arrested for voter fraud.

    “She wasn’t trying to topple the government. She was voting Republican for who she thought would do a good job,” Birdsall said. “Even if the government’s case is exactly right that she did it when she knew she wasn’t supposed to, goodness gracious, 50 percent of our population couldn’t be bothered to get off the couch and vote in our last presidential election.”

    Paxton’s office prosecuted the case with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article132607474.html#storylink=cpy

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