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Ben Crump and Advocacy Groups Rally to Support Florida Woman Accused of Voter Fraud

Standing behind a podium and in front of the state attorney’s office, prosecuting her, 69-year-old Marsha Ervin held up the voter registration card the state gave her. And arrested her for. Lower than two weeks before, Ervin had as a substitute stood for a mugshot. Police knocked on her door just before 3 a.m. and arrested her for alleged voter fraud. “When she woke up, she was completely surprised that they were telling her that they had warrants for her arrest,” said Tallahassee NAACP president Mutaqee Akbar, who’s also Ervin’s attorney. “She was reliving a nightmare that she had lived five years ago because she voted,” said Akbar, who stood beside her firstly of a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Ervin had been convicted of aggravated neglect of an elderly person in 2016 and released from prison in 2018. Her probation was speculated to end next month. Until then, she wasn’t eligible to vote. But she did. Twice. Ervin says she thought she could. Akbar and the group standing behind him called the arrest voter intimidation, pointing to all the opposite people arrested across the state following eligibility confusion. Most of them, like Ervin, are Black. “For this to occur to her, what it really tells you [is] it could occur to any of us,” said renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who announced Monday evening that he was also representing Ervin. “This about instilling fear in people in our community, to say, ‘Well, I don’t desire to get in any trouble, so I’m not going to return and vote.'” Well, we’ve a news flash to all of the enemies of equality: We won’t give,” he continued from the rostrum. Akbar, Crump, and Ervin were joined by local leaders in addition to civil and voting rights organization representatives within the Leon County Courthouse. They called for the state attorney’s office behind them, headed by Jack Campbell, to drop the case. “Ms. Ervin didn’t have the intent to commit an illegal act,” said Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, who sent Campbell a letter earlier within the day. “I imagine intent is a component here.” Those gathered also called on the state to repair the confusion as a substitute of arresting people for it. Ervin, a registered Democrat…

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