Indicted Texas Attorney General Arrests Man Who Captured National Attention for Commitment to Vote
‘Mr. Rogers Was Targeted, but All Black Texans Are the Real Victims,’ Says HCDP Chair
HARRIS COUNTY, TX — Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton is prosecuting Houstonian Hervis Rogers for allegedly “voting illegally” on Super Tuesday in March 2020. At the time, Rogers was applauded for his commitment to vote after waiting in line for hours to cast a ballot.
Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu issued the following statement:
“Hervis Rogers cared enough about his civic duty that he waited more than six hours in line to vote. Ken Paxton, the indicted attorney general, is at it again, wasting taxpayer money in a blatant attempt to win favor with right-wing extremists, Paxton is making Mr. Rogers pay the price for his dedication to participating in the electoral process.
“Let’s be clear, Mr. Rogers was targeted by Paxton, but all Black Texans are the real victims. This is a clear attempt to disenfranchise and intimidate minority voters. Mr. Rogers served his time, was permitted to register to vote, and has now been put behind bars — with an absurdly high $100,000 bail — for an innocent mistake.
“If Republican leadership refuses to change archaic, restrictive voting laws that disenfranchise minority voters, the state — at a minimum — should tell people about specific restrictions. Mr. Rogers did not know he was ineligible to vote.
“People like Mr. Rogers will continue to suffer the consequences of Paxton’s voter-fraud witch hunt when he made an innocent mistake.”
For Immediate Release
July 9, 2021
Contact: Elisa Rochford