A Black man faces as much as 40 years in jail for voting in two elections whereas on parole.
Hervis Earl Rogers of Houston was arrested on July seventh and charged with two counts of unlawful voting, a second-degree felony in Texas. He’s being accused of voting within the November sixth, 2018, basic and particular elections and the March third, 2020, Democratic primaries. Rogers was launched from jail after The Bail Mission posted his $100,000 bail.
Satirically sufficient, Rogers spoke with CNN final yr about his expertise ready six hours to forged his vote.
“I wished to get my vote in to voice my opinion. And I wasn’t going to let nothing cease me. So I waited it out,” Rogers stated on the time.
Rogers was not conscious that he was not eligible to vote underneath Texas regulation, which states that ex-felons aren’t allowed to vote till they’ve accomplished all features of their sentence, together with parole. His authorized illustration, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, says that the 62-year-old was comfy chatting with CNN as a result of “he felt he was doing the best factor.”
“The place’s the proof he knew or meant to vote illegally?” requested Andre Segura, ACLU Texas’ authorized director.
Rogers was on felony parole for a 25-year housebreaking sentence. Nevertheless, Segura claims that he was faraway from it a number of months in the past.