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The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Secretary of State Charlie White was a legal candidate for office. The ruling means Governor Mitch Daniels will appoint a successor for White, who was removed from office last month after being convicted of voter fraud.
At issue was a court order mandating that the state recount commission certify Democratic runner-up Vop Osili the winner of the 2010 election because White‘s candidacy was invalid. Democrats say White was never eligible to run for office because he listed his ex-wife‘s address instead of his new condo on his voter registration form to avoid giving up his Fishers town council salary after moving out of the district.
In a statement, Governor Mitch Daniels wrote, “We appreciate the court’s swift action and clarification of the law. Now that the duty to select a new Secretary of State is certain, we’ll do so with promptness.”