Judge to hear argument in White election challenge

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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.


  • Take out the trash
    We need accountability in government. Letting a sleaze ball like White slip through would be a major disservice to the people of Indiana. His lack of knowledge of the Indiana election process and his intentionally fraudulent OR negligent voting record are clear illustrations of his inability to perform as the head of the Indiana election process.

    The people of this state deserve much better. Don't settle and don't play politics with this. We are talking about an important job. If the state were a company this guy would have never been hired. The board would have seen the controversy and his bad record directly related to his area of responsibility and never considered hiring him.

    I wouldn't hire a baby sitter who has a history of child abuse (negligent or otherwise)... And I also wouldn't hire an election official who has a history of voting abuse (negligent or otherwise).


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