Indiana Secretary of State White charged with vote fraud

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 2:52 PM
Indiana Secretary of State White charged with vote fraud

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Reuters) - Indiana's Republican Secretary of State Charlie White was charged with voter fraud, Indiana officials said Thursday.

Indiana State Rep. Charlie Brown, a Democrat, said White should resign following charges that he intentionally voted in the wrong precinct during the May 2010 primary.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma described the indictment of White as "unfortunate."

An assistant at the secretary of state's office in Indianapolis said neither the secretary nor his press spokesperson was available for comment.

Eric Turner, a Republican house member, said he feels for White as a person, but would have to know more before commenting further. "Everybody deserves their day in court," Turner said.

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.

The Star said White will face seven felony counts, including voter fraud, perjury and theft.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski, reporting by Susan Guyett, editing by Greg McCune).