He was a media hero. Hervis Rogers became a MSM and leftist darling when he stood in line for six hours waiting to vote. He was the last person to vote at his polling location at Texas Southern University — perhaps the last man in the entire state to cast a ballot at all. His vote was cast at around 1 a.m. Unfortunately for him, he was arrested for illegally voting.
“It is insane, but it’s worth it,” Rogers said at the time while he waited to vote. “I mean, I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t vote. I feel like it’s— I voice my opinion, but it don’t feel right if I don’t vote. So I said, ‘I’m going to take a stand and vote. It might make a difference.’”
Unfortunately for Hervis Rogers, he was still on parole. Rogers was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to 25 years for burglary and intent to commit theft. Your Erie reports:
A Houston man who received widespread attention after standing six hours in line to cast a ballot in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary was in jail Friday on charges that it was illegal for him to vote at all because he was on parole.
Hervis Rogers became an overnight face of Texas’ battle over voting access when he emerged from a polling center at a historically Black college around 1:30 a.m. He was among Houston voters on Super Tuesday who waited more than an hour — and some for several hours — in mostly minority, Democratic neighborhoods. Lines in mostly white, Republican neighborhoods were shorter.
“The way it was set up, it was like it was set up for me to walk away,” Rogers told reporters in comments carried by multiple news outlets, including The Associated Press.
He was arrested this week on two counts of illegal voting, a second-degree felony that carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in prison. His bail was set at $100,000.
The rare arrest on illegal voting allegations comes as Texas Republicans begin a second attempt at passing many of the same restrictive voting measures blocked by Democrats during a dramatic late-night walkout in May. Texas is the biggest state where Republicans have vowed to make voting changes since Donald Trump’s false claims that fraud cost him the 2020 election.
Courts records show Rogers is being prosecuted by the office of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has zealously pursued election fraud cases and last year took a failed attempt to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory to the U.S. Supreme Court. His spokesman did not immediately respond to a message about Roger’s indictment.
Democrats love to tell us that no one votes illegally, but Rogers is a very public example that they are lying. This is just one of many examples of the reason we need stricter voting laws. After all, the vote means nothing if it’s not legitimate.