Georgia Innocence Project representative says he’s voted in every election since his release 23 years ago

Calvin Johnson Jr. (right) poses with his father Calvin Johnson Sr.

It’s Election Day in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff, and WABE’s “Morning Edition” sat down with one man who spent years behind bars, unable to vote.

23 years ago, Calvin Johnson had his conviction and life sentence overturned through DNA testing.

Calvin Johnson Jr. speaks at Decatur High School students about the Georgia Innocence Project and the importance of voting.

Now he’s a representative for the Georgia Innocence Project — which uses that same method to free people who have been wrongfully convicted.

After his exoneration, Johnson said he has strived to be first in line for every single election. Our team caught up with him at a Marietta precinct during the November midterms.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.