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Board Will Investigate Bayh-White Kerfuffle After Election

The Marion County Election Board will investigate the dustup between Secretary of State Charlie White and former Senator Evan Bayh — but not for a couple of weeks. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry last week rejected allegations from White that Bayh broke election law by voting absentee in the May primary while living in Washington.

Curry invited the election board to see if he‘d overlooked anything — and suggested an investigation of whether White violated confidentiality laws by digging into Bayh‘s voting history. Marion County Clerk Beth White, no relation to Charlie, says the calendar dictates there are other priorities first.

“The election board is obviously very busy running an election,” she says. “At the conclusion of this election, we will do our typical process for investigating a complaint like this: staff will do a review, and then they‘ll report to the board.”

Charlie White is awaiting trial in Hamilton County on charges he used an improper address on his voter registration, his marriage license, and a mortgage. He has repeatedly contended that he has done nothing wrong, and has challenged prosecutors to pursue Bayh and other officials with multiple homes.

The Indiana Recount Commission concluded in June that White’s voter registration was proper, but reprimanded him for being too close to breaking the law.

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