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Commission To Decide White’s Fate Tuesday

If White is ruled ineligible, Democrat Vop Osili, the runner-up in the 2010 Secretary of State election, could take office.

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White's criminal trial is scheduled to begin August 8th.

The Indiana Recount Commission will decide Tuesday if Secretary of State Charlie White can remain in office…at least for the time being.

The three-person Commission, made up of two Republicans and one Democrat, heard testimony last Tuesday from White, his wife Michelle and his ex-wife Nicole on the question of White’s eligibility for office.

If White is ruled ineligible, Democrat Vop Osili, the runner-up in the 2010 Secretary of State election, could take office…barring an appeals process.

But if the Commission rules in White’s favor, Governor Mitch Daniels would then have the authority to name White’s replacement if he steps down or is forced to leave office because of his criminal trial in Hamilton County.

Daniels and other top Republicans have called on White to step down since his indictment by a grand jury in March. White’s criminal trial for voter fraud is scheduled to begin August 8th.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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