The Indiana Recount Commission ruled Tuesday that Secretary of State Charlie White was eligible to run for office and can continue serving.
The three-person commission sided unanimously with White, saying his intent was to move into his new home on Overview Drive in Fishers after his marriage. Thus, his vote in the May 2010 primary election and candidacy for office filed from his previous residence at Broadleaf Lane were valid.
Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker, who brought the complaint against White, says he got off on a technicality and should not continue to serve.
“Well,” he said, “given the admonition he just got from the chairman of this commission I think he has absolutely no credibility to enforce the election laws of this state.”
White wouldn’t comment on Parker’s remarks about his conduct, saying that while he’s happy with the result, he’s disappointed by everything that led up to the decision.
“I never thought, in a million years,” he said, “that politics would get so personal and dirty.”
Though the Recount Commission ruled unanimously for White, declaring him to be eligible for office, commission chairman Tom Wheeler says he feels like their hands are tied because of the wording of voter registration laws.
“These laws are antiquated,” he said. “They don’t reflect our current society.”
Wheeler says the legislature needs to address what he calls a flaw in the system. White echoed Wheeler’s comments, saying he hopes the general assembly updates the law.
“The world today,” he said, “23 years later, is not quite the world that it was two decades ago when it comes to people that are facing blending their families and putting their children first.”
White still has a criminal trial for voter fraud in Hamilton County set to begin on August 8th.