Montgomery County – When voters on the Texas Southern University campus voted for the Democratic primary in March 2020, many described the scene as chaotic.
Some voters said they were in line after 1 a.m. Hervis Rogers said during that election that he waited in line for more than six hours before voting.
“I wanted to get my vote to have my opinion,” said Rogers. “I didn’t want to let anything stop me.”
KPRC 2 later discovered that Rogers was a twice convicted felon who was on parole at the time, which made it illegal for him to vote.
Rogers was arrested Wednesday and taken to Montgomery County Jail. He faces two charges of illegal elections.
“He has been convicted of a crime twice,” said criminal defense attorney Christopher Downey. “That increases his sentence to up to 25 years to life in all respects.”
The subject of electoral fraud and voting rights is the focus of the state capital this week. One of several key issues being debated by lawmakers in a special session convened by Governor Greg Abbott.
Downey said he did not question the timing of Rogers’ arrest, but said in nearly 30 years of practice that he had never heard of anyone arrested for illegal elections, let alone someone with the bond with the Rogers is facing.
“Bonds of $ 100,000 for violating voting rights seem absurd,” Downey said.
Downey added that one reason Rogers’ bond could be so high is because of his previous criminal record.
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