03/03/2011 - Democrats respond to Secretary of State’s indictment on seven felony charges
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March 3, 2011
Democrats respond to Secretary of State’s indictment on seven felony charges, including vote fraud, perjury and theft
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democrats today responded to the announcement that bipartisan special prosecutors investigated and a grand jury in Hamilton County has indicted Secretary of State Charlie White on seven felony charges, including perjury, vote fraud and theft.
“The judicial system has validated what we have believed all along: Charlie White should never have been on the ballot as a candidate for public office,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker. “Much like his voting record, White’s entire campaign was a fraud. This situation is deeply embarrassing for the State of Indiana and our democratic process.”
It is illegal for a candidate to run for or serve in office with a felony conviction; Parker called on White to step down from his post before he further humiliates the office.
The Indiana Democratic Party called for an investigation into White last September after it came to light that the Republican candidate was living on the east side of Fishers, an Indianapolis suburb, while registering to vote and representing a town council district on the west side.
The only requirement for White to be a candidate for Secretary of State was his status as a registered voter in Indiana. Due to his fraudulent voter registration, which he included on his candidate filing form, Parker said White was ineligible to appear on the ballot.
Accordingly, Parker said, the Indiana Recount Commission erred in dismissing a challenge to White’s certification as the elected Secretary of State. That case is still pending in Marion County Circuit Court.
Parker said that whether White resigns or is removed from office following a conviction, under Indiana law a court should decide his replacement. Parker said Indiana law is clear that the candidate who earned the second-highest number of votes should be appointed.
Timeline of events for Charlie White depicting voter registration and residency discrepancies
November 7, 2006
White Votes in General Election citing Broad Leaf Lane as residence
January 25, 2007
White transfers ownership of Broad Leaf Lane residence to former spouse
2007 and 2008
White votes in the General Election and Primaries citing Pintail Drive as residence
November 3, 2009
White votes in the Special election, signs voter registration book stating the need to re-register to his “current” residence
February 22, 2010
White completes new voter registration, cites Broad Leaf Lane residence as current address
February 26, 2010
White closes sale of new condo at 13086 Overview Dr, 5B, Fishers, IN
May 4, 2010
White votes in primary, citing Broad Leaf Lane as residence
June 19, 2010
White files CAN-23 Form giving two addresses. He cites complete residence at Overview Drive, mailing address at Broad Leaf Lane
September 22, 2010
White re-registers to vote online citing Overview Drive residence
September 22, 2010
White Resigns from Fishers Town Council, admitting “too busy to re-register”