Democrats are demanding a criminal investigation into Republican Secretary of State nominee Charlie White’s failure to switch his voter registration. White resigned from the Fishers town council last week after acknowledging the condo he moved into earlier this year when he remarried, is outside his council district. White says it was a simple mistake. Meanwhile, Indiana Democratic Chairman Dan Parker contends that White knew he was voting from the wrong address.
Parker says White knew he wasn’t living at the address listed on his voter registration card when he voted in the May primary. Therefore, Parker says White committed vote fraud. Paker and Hamilton County Democratic Chairman Keith Clock are asking the incumbent secretary of state and the Hamilton County prosecutor to investigate.
White’s campaign declined to comment, but in a written statement said White – has repeatedly taken full responsibility for any mistakes he may have made. The statement also notes that Indiana law allows voters to cast one last ballot from their old address, as long as they move within the same municipality as White did.
Parker’s GOP counterpart, Murray Clark also issued a statement noting the one-last –vote exception, and blasting the Democratic chairman.
White’s candidacy papers list the condo as his residents and his ex-wife’s home as his mailing address. He changed his voter registration to the condo last week when he resigned from the council.
Theirs is more interest this year in the secretary of state’s race because of the battle for control of the Indiana House. If there’s a 50-50 tie then the party that wins the Secretary of State’s race picks the House Speaker and Committee Chairmen. A White victory would mean Republicans need to gain two seats to control the chamber. If Democrat Vop Osili wins, the GOP would need three seats. The race is also critical for the Libertarian Party, which needs at least 2% of the vote for nominee Mike Wherry to maintain automatic ballot access for its candidates.
A spokesperson for Secretary of State Todd Rokita’s office confirms receiving Parker’s letter and says the office is investigating.