Fraud allegations focus of secretary of state race

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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