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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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.

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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.

Rogers, 62, voted last March while still on parole from a felony burglary conviction, making him ineligible to cast a ballot under Texas law. Andre Segura, an attorney for the ACLU of Texas who is representing Rogers, said his client did not know he was ineligible to vote. He drew comparisons to Crystal Mason, a Fort Worth woman who was sentenced to five years in prison for casting a provisional ballot while on probation in 2016, who also said she was unaware she could not.

“Mr. Rogers made headlines after waiting hours for what he thought was his civic duty, and was very proud of that,” Segura said. “We shouldn’t be prosecuting people for innocent mistakes.”

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.

In March 2020, Rogers said he was among the last people allowed in line before polls closed at 7 p.m. at Texas Southern University. Photos of voters waiting in long lines on the Houston campus appeared on news websites and ricocheted around social media. Rogers said he considered leaving but told reporters that “every vote counts.”

Elections officials in Houston blamed the long lines on the local Republican Party’s refusal to hold a joint primary with the Democrats. GOP leaders accused the county of trying to shift the blame, saying county officials who allocated both parties an equal number of voting machines disregarded warnings about turnout for the hotly contested Democratic presidential primary.

As soon as Saturday, Texas Republicans could begin advancing their revived election bills at the state Capitol. One provision would require courts to explain to defendants how a felony convictions impacts their right to vote, a change Democratic state Rep. John Bucy has pushed in the aftermath of Mason’s sentence.

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Why Newsom Recall Candidate List Features 41 Names, and Excludes Larry Elder



The Secretary of State for California has publicized a preliminary list of forty one candidates who have qualified to run in the oncoming September’s special recall election  to oust incumbent Gov. Gavin Newsom.

This preliminary list (pdf) published on the day, July 17, will be followed by a final, certified list to be released on July 21. Included on the list are twenty one (21)Republicans, eight (8) Democrats, one (1) Libertarian, nine (9) independents, and two (2) Green Party members. A name not on the list is that of GOP hopeful Larry Elder, who is also an author and contributor to The Epoch Times. He joined the race on July 12.

Larry Elder shared the letter from  Secretary of State, California, Shirley Weber noting he wasn’t qualified as a candidate due to  “incomplete redacted and/or unredacted income tax returns.” In a statement, Elder said his campaign filed “over two hundred pages of five years of tax returns,” while in another statement, he has “adhered with all necessary requirements to be a qualified candidate.”

“Politicians know I’m the only candidate who will beat Gavin Newsom—and that’s why they don’t want me on the ballot,” he wrote, accusing the elections officials of “using shenanigans which they invented to obstruct the doors to the Governor’s Office, to ensure they continue to stay in power.”

Elder firmly added that, if the Secretary of State does not upturn the decision to exclude him from the list of qualified candidates, he may file a lawsuit.

A campaign spokeswoman of Elder, Ying Ma said in a release to The Associated Press that she expects his name to be on the final list. 
“Our campaign submitted every document required by the Secretary of State and the Los Angeles County Registrar,”  she added.

Sept. 14 has been announced as the date for the recall of the election earlier this month by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, a Democrat, who also posited the election would cost not less than $276 million.

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Congressional Democrats Attack Auditor, Cyber Ninjas; Worried Over The Outcome Of The Audit



Congressional Democrats with the responsibility of leading the House Oversight and Reform Committee have opened a critical probe into the Arizona “audit” firm “Cyber Ninjas.” The firm is conducting an audit of Maricopa County’s ballots following the 2020 election and had conducted the hotly contested review of the ballots.

Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney, the committee chair, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, in a Wednesday letter, requested documents and communications from Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan proceedings from the company’s audit that rendered voting machines in the state suspicious and useless. The letter allegedly mentions Logan over his firm’s “lack of election audit experience,” their “reported mismanagement of the audit in Maricopa County,” and his (Logan)”own bias and history of allegedly welcoming conspiracy theories related to the election.”

“The Committee is seeking to determine whether the privately funded audit conducted by your company in Arizona protects the right to vote or is instead an effort to promote baseless conspiracy theories, undermine confidence in America’s elections, and reverse the result of a free and fair election for partisan gain,” Maloney and Raskin posited in the nine-page letter. They also said that the Committee is specifically concerned that the firm’s actions could undermine the alleged integrity of federal elections and interfere with Americans’ constitutional right to cast their votes freely and to have them counted.”

A Republican Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar, part of the House Oversight Committee, responding to the letter, suggested on Twitter that the audit was making Democrats “worried” due to its effectiveness. “Now congressional Democrats are trying to insert themselves into a state election issue. They seem very worried about something,” he stated.

Fann formerly stated that Cyber Ninjas had told the congress that they would report on the total cost of the operation after the audit is complete and that they would comply all with federal reporting requirements.

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