Senate Passes “Charlie White” Bill

The governor drew a step closer to being able to appoint a replacement for embattled Secretary of State Charlie White Thursday.

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt (WFIU News)

The Senate passes the bill, which now moves to the House.

The governor drew a step closer to being able to appoint a replacement for embattled Secretary of State Charlie White Thursday.

Indianapolis Senator Mike Young’s addition to an election law bill Tuesday gave the legislation a lot more controversy. New language allows the governor to appoint a replacement if a statewide officeholder is found by the Indiana Recount Commission to be ineligible to continue serving.

Indianapolis Senator Mike Delph, who voted in favor of the amendment, voted against the bill Thursday, saying he made a mistake supporting the new language.

“I feel very badly,” he says, “about this amendment that we did to alter the rules of the game in midstream. We should allow the process to work in my judgment.”

Under current law, the election runner-up would take office if a statewide official is deposed. Senator Young says that’s not acceptable.

“The problem was,” Young says, “we shouldn’t let people who lost the election become the office holder because the citizens of the state of Indiana rejected that person.”

The bill now moves to the House for approval.

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