Media outlets and Democrat politicians from coast to coast praised a Texas man, Hervis Rogers, who waited almost seven hours to vote on Super Tuesday.
Hervis Rogers didn’t cast his ballot until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday but told KTRK-TV, “I wasn’t going to let anything stop me”
He added that it seemed as though the long line “was set up for me to walk away.” But Rogers said he told himself, “No, don’t do that.” Rogers also said “every vote counts” and that he’d stand in line and wait again.
As usual the knee-jerk media and Democrat politicians POUNCED!
CNN said Rogers was lauded on social media for his commitment to the democratic process: “I don’t know many people who would wait more than an hour or two,” one user wrote, according to the cable network. “Great respect.”
Another wrote that “Hervis Rogers is my hero. This is a guy who remembered what it took for black Americans to gain the right to vote. I applaud him,” CNN said.
— Michelle Marsh (@ABC7MichelleM) March 4, 2020
Of course, Hillary Clinton, and Chuck Schumer jumped on the Hervis Rogers bandwagon as well:
A seven-hour wait to vote is a poll tax.
We need to restore the Voting Rights Act and stop Republican elected officials from shutting down polling sites. https://t.co/qbGZRUctJM
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 4, 2020
This is unacceptable—and a result of continued GOP attacks on the voting rights of American citizens
The House has passed H.R. 4 which would restore critical protections to end #VoterSuppression
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 4, 2020
The NAACP tweeted that “Texas closed hundreds of polling places, and we didn’t have the Voting Rights Act to stop it. No one should have to wait this long to participate in democracy! Thank you Hervis Rogers for your commitment to being counted!”
Texas closed hundreds of polling places and we didn’t have the Voting Rights Act to stop it.
No one should have to wait this long to participate in democracy!
— NAACP (@NAACP) March 4, 2020
Hervis Rogers…What About Your Felony Conviction?
According to a report by the Texan, records Hervis Rogers isn’t eligible to vote under state law.
The Texan documented that the Texas Department of Public Safety records show Hervis Rogers is on parole for a 1995 second-degree felony offense conviction for burglary — and that under Texas Election Law (Sec. 11.002):
A convicted felon can’t vote until the individual’s sentence has been “fully discharged“… including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court.”
The Texan reported that Rogers’ parole doesn’t end until June 13, 2020 — and yet he had a Harris County voter registration card when he arrived at the polling location Tuesday.
The outlet said that while the Harris County Clerk’s office administers elections, the office of Ann Harris Bennett (D) — the county’s Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar — is responsible for verification of eligible voter registrations.
The Harris County Voter Registrar’s office on Friday told TheBlaze that “Rogers registered to vote in 2016 under another administration” and that an “office investigation” found exactly what the Texan found: Rogers “is not eligible to register to vote until his parole expires on June 13, 2020.”
The Voter Registrar’s office added to TheBlaze that “a challenge notification will be issued to Rogers requiring him to submit evidence of eligibility within 30 days. The registration will be cancelled if Rogers does not supply such evidence within that 30-day period.”