Judges in criminal courts will be required to inform people convicted of felonies of how a conviction affects their right to vote. In Texas felons (ex-felons) can vote, after they are “off books,” meaning they have filled all their obligations. But felons don’t always know that—and they are not always treated equally.
For example, in March 2018, 46-year-old Texan Crystal Mason, a Democrat and mother of three, was sentenced to 5 years in prison. She had tried to vote in the November 2016 Presidential election while on parole for tax fraud, something she said she was never told was illegal. Her vote was never counted. As of June 19, 2021, she is still in prison.https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/31/crystal-mason-texas-voting-ruling/
Also in 2018 , a Tarrant County judge, Republican Justice of the Peace, Russ Casey, who had forged signatures to get on the 2018 ballot for re-election, pled guilty to tampering with government records, a felony, and was sentenced to five years of probation. (A state judicial panel had reprimanded Casey the year before for engaging in an improper sexual relationship with a former clerk.)
Currently, Texan Hervis Rogers, a felon, is being prosecuted for mistakenly voting while on parole a few months before his right to vote was restored. Rogers, a Democrat, voted at about 1:00 a.m. at a Texas Southern University polling place in March 2020 after waiting in a long line for 6 hours. When arrested, his bail was set at $100,000. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison. He is currently at home awaiting his court date, bailed out of jail by The Bail Project, a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need.