Indiana elections chief arrested for vote fraud

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 2:53 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Indiana's top elections official was arrested on Thursday for vote fraud, and the state's governor said he should immediately step down.

Secretary of State Charlie White, a Republican, was indicted on seven counts including vote fraud, perjury, theft and financial fraud.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, also a Republican, said White should step down from his duties until a verdict is reached on the charges.

"It would be neither credible nor appropriate for the state's top election official to continue to perform his duties while contesting criminal charges, some of them under the very laws the Secretary of State implements," Daniels said in a statement.

White is charged with intentionally voting in the wrong precinct during the May 2010 primary election.

According to the Indianapolis Star, White has admitted to voting in a district where he no longer lived. The district was a home he had shared on and off with his now ex-wife until 2009, the Star said. White was elected in November.

Prosecutors said the theft charge stems from collecting a salary from the Fishers Town Council when he did not live in his designated district.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski, Reporting by Susan Guyett, Editing by Greg McCune).