“Grand Prairie mom who got eight years: ‘I just wanted to vote and be part of it’”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

“I thought I was doing something right for my country. When they gave me the sentence they just broke my heart, and they didn’t just break my heart, but I already knew my family was going to be broken, my kids especially,” Ortega said Monday during an interview at the jail, where she will remain for about a month until being transported to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. “To me, it’s like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this. I just can’t.’ 

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.

Watch the video interview. This woman should be punished, but eight years for what appears to be a stupid mistake?  Especially when Ethan Couch, the drunk driving killer who claimed “affluenza” in Texas got a SUSPENDED sentence.
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