The Florida Office of Election Crimes and Security (OECS) provided information about voter fraud allegations to the Department of Law Enforcement. Ervin had obtained a voter registration card in 2020, which led her to cast her ballot both in person and via mail for these elections.
This case comes following the establishment of the OECS unit by Governor Ron DeSantis, aimed at investigating voting-related crimes.
This has led to charges against individuals who had previously been convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses and were accused of illegally voting in the 2020 elections. Advocates argue that formerly incarcerated individuals are often unaware of their inability to vote, especially when they receive materials from the government.
Two witnesses, Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley and Ervin’s probation officer, supported her case. Earley characterized the situation as an “innocent mistake,” and Ervin’s probation officer provided state forms outlining her conditions.
One form explicitly mentioned that she couldn’t vote while on probation, but it was signed after the voting incidents occurred, and there was no indication that she had voted after receiving that information.