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Judge to hear argument in White election challenge

April 6, 2011

A Marion County judge is set to hear arguments over whether Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is legally qualified to serve in the office to which he was elected in November.

A hearing in the case is set for Wednesday in Marion Circuit Court in Indianapolis.

Democrats say White committed voter fraud and was ineligible to run or serve as secretary of state. They filed a lawsuit claiming the state recount commission improperly dismissed their challenge to his election in December.

Democrats say state law requires runner-up Vop Osili to take office if a judge rules White was ineligible.

The dispute stems from accusations that White voted in last May's Republican primary after moving from the address listed on his voter registration.

A separate Aug. 8 trial date awaits White, who was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury based on claims that he lied about his address on several documents. White entered a not guilty plea to the charges, which include voter fraud and perjury.

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