Indiana GOP Secretary of State guilty of voter fraud

By Andrew Jones
Saturday, February 4, 2012 13:28 EDT
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Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White. Screenshot via Channel 15 Indiana.
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Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was convicted of six felony charges Saturday morning, including three counts of voter fraud, according to The Indianapolis Star.

White’s case stemmed from providing incorrect information about where he lived while campaigning for secretary of state in 2009 and 2010. He claimed that he resided with his ex-wife in the east side of the town of Fishers but actually lived on the opposite side of town with his then fiancee, which is outside of the Fishers Town Council.

According the jury, White broke the law using his ex-wife’s address while voting in the May 2010 primary and continuing to take a salary from the district.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) named White’s chief deputy Jerry Bonnet as interim secretary of state. White still has the opportunity to regain his seat if a judge downgrades his Class D felonies to misdemeanor charges during his sentencing, with a date yet to be determined.

White potentially faces six months to three years in prison for each count.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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