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State Supreme Court Won’t Take Charlie White Case Yet

Democrats have sued to try to overturn a recount commission ruling that Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s voter registration violated no law. White had asked the Supreme Court to take over the case from Marion Circuit Judge Louis Rosenberg. The justices say a case can skip the Court of Appeals, but not the trial court.

White is representing himself until the case reaches the Supreme Court, but said he is not sure if he will have to appear in court, since the lawsuit has been modified to make the recount commission the sole defendant.

“I’ll have to find that out, and whether it’s me inquiring with the court or me inquiring with the other parties, I certainly don’t mean any disrespect,” White said. “I’m going to have to find that out, though.”

Democrats contend White’s registration is at the wrong address and it makes him ineligible to serve. He faces a criminal trial in January on similar allegations — either case could force his removal from office, but the election case would make his replacement a Democrat.   If White were to be convicted of a felony, Republican governor Mitch Daniels would appoint his successor.

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