IBJNews

Officials asked to investigate McIntosh residency

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

An attorney asked state and county election officials Thursday to investigate whether Indiana Republican 5th District congressional candidate David McIntosh committed voter fraud and perjury.

Attorney Jonathan Sturgill filed complaints with the Indiana secretary of state's office and the Madison County Election Board, WIBC and The Indianapolis Star reported. Sturgill represents Greg Wright, who also challenged the residency of Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

McIntosh represented Indiana in Congress from 1995-2000. In 2005, he moved to Arlington, Va., where he works as a lobbyist. Critics claim he has voted in Indiana the past six years from addresses he rented or owned when he actually lives in Virginia. He is running in the May 8 primary using the address of property he rents in Anderson.

McIntosh says his votes are in line with Indiana residency laws, which center on a voter's intent to return to the state. He says Virginia law required him to get a Virginia driver's license while living there. His campaign released a statement blasting the residency challenge as "a highly unoriginal attack" and an attempt to divert voters from his conservative platform.

McIntosh's attorney wrote a letter to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings in July, citing legal precedents to confirm McIntosh's residency. Cummings found that McIntosh has taken reasonable steps to maintain his residency.

Sturgill has also asked Cummings to reassess that opinion, which he says focuses on case law covering eligibility to run for office, and not on possible voter fraud or perjury.

Cummings said Thursday he would not review the complaint until after the May 8 primary. He said the timing of Sturgill's request seemed politically motivated.

A spokesman for Secretary of State Connie Lawson said she would need to review the filing before deciding how to proceed.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • intent
    If a voter's "intent" is all that is necessary to support residency, then former Secretary of State Charlie White should not have been convicted of voter fraud.
  • Grant him a waiver
    Irrrespective of the legality of his residency, if he's willing to move from Arlington, VA to ANDERSON? I'd say let him go!

    Then again, if he does get convicted of something and winds up in the Pendleton Reformatory, his relatives won't have as far to drive on visitation days!

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

ADVERTISEMENT