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Fraud allegations focus of secretary of state race

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Charges of voter fraud have already marred Tuesday's election for Indiana's next chief election official, with the Republican candidate accused of using a false address to cast a ballot in May's primary.

Charlie White voted in the primary for secretary of state using his ex-wife's home as his address, instead of the address of a condo he bought in February.

White says it was an honest mistake caused by his busy schedule and a new marriage, but Democrats say White intentionally committed voter fraud so he could keep his Town Council seat in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers after moving out of the district.

State officials are investigating the allegations against White. If he wins election Tuesday but is later charged and convicted of felony voter fraud, he could be removed from office. He faces Democrat Vop Osili for the job now held by term-limited Republican Todd Rokita, who is running for Congress.

Republican incumbents were favored in the races for state treasurer and auditor.

Treasurer Richard Mourdock faces Democrat Pete Buttigieg, who has criticized Mourdock for his fight last year against Chrysler's bankruptcy proceedings — a legal challenge he took all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mourdock says he's proud that he stood up for Indiana pension funds affected by the Chrysler bankruptcy.

Auditor Tim Berry faces Democrat Sam Locke and Libertarian Eric Knipe. Berry is touting a new state transparency website, but Locke says the site doesn't include enough raw data about state budget numbers.

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  • Get what we deserve
    We have the "best" government (NOT) that money, influence, bribes, and outright illegal actions can buy. Gee, if making "unintenional" blunders qualifies you to be Sec of State, then why not put in a high school drop out for Education Secretary? Or perhaps we will...This is just the norm for the Republicans where we have lobbyists running for senate, who has advices foreign counties and businesses how to take jobs overseas from Americans. Now he is there to make sure the businesses still get their tax breaks and perhaps even more.
  • Mistake
    Look, election law is complex so is campaign finance law. It is the reason some lawyers make large sums of money during election cycles. VOP made campaign finance law mistakes. Granted they were minor. The Libertarian was the only candidate that did not make any violations probably because they did not have any financial resources to commit any violations. All three candidates will learn soon enough the nuances of election and campaign finance law if they are elected. GO VOTE!!! It is the greatest right afforded any American.
  • sweet holy jeebus
    ...only in Indiana can you get elected as the person in charge of elections and you can't even vote properly/ legally yourself, WTF? looks like the Repig capacity for lying and hypocrisy knows NO limits....really, this state is doomed to be controlled by Repig criminal croneys for EVER!
  • mistake?
    Mistake or not, why would you want to put a person who can't correctly and legally register his own vote in charge of making sure your ballot gets counted?
  • Baseless Claim
    Charlie White had no motivation to vote in the wrong location. It did not give him a pay raise. None of the cadidates in the district he voted were contested. He is not required to vote in the May election to keep his seat on the Fishers Town Council. He got no benefit from intentionally voting in that district. If the prosecutors file charges, they are going to have a very hard time proving that he INTENDED to commit voter fraud. He made a mistake. It maybe stupid but not criminal. However, Mitch may try to get him to resign so that he can put in one of his loyal minions. Once he is elected, if he can do a good job over the next 2-3 years, only partisan hacks will care. He needs to get a politically savy staff with innovative ideas to help him accomplish that.

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