Indiana's Republican Secretary Of State Out Of A Job And Onto The Defense Stand
The state that lies a few miles from my house has just seen the outcome of a political scandal that I’m sure some on the right will try to blame on ACORN somehow: A Marion County judge has ruled that Secretary of State Charlie White was ineligible to be a candidate and the office should […]
The state that lies a few miles from my house has just seen the outcome of a political scandal that I’m sure some on the right will try to blame on ACORN somehow:
A Marion County judge has ruled that Secretary of State Charlie White was ineligible to be a candidate and the office should go to Democrat Vop Osili, his challenger in the 2010 election.
The ruling, issued Wednesday by Marion Circuit Court Judge Louis Rosenberg, came in response to a civil lawsuit filed by Democrats that sought to have White declared ineligible for office because he allegedly committed voter fraud.
A Hamilton County grand jury indicted White on voter fraud and other charges in March. White, a Republican, has maintained his innocence and a trial is scheduled for September.
Indiana Democrats called for an investigation into White in September 2010 after discovering he voted in the Republican primary the prior spring while registered to vote at his ex-wife’s house in Fishers.
“The fact that Mr. White knowingly registered in the wrong precinct is sufficient to render him ineligible for the office of Secretary of State,” Rosenberg wrote in the ruling. “Whether or not he believed that his registration complied with the law is not relevant.”
This comes at a time when states around the country are creating new laws making it harder for voters to prove their residency. Ironically all these states are GOP controlled, yet we have a GOP candidate who really needed his address verified.
Voter fraud is a bad thing, but even worst is this kind of fraud, where a politician commits said fraud against the voters. To compound that problem, White was doing this so that he could become the state’s chief election officer. Hopefully he’ll get a nice vacation behind bars for his crime.