This June 8, 2011, file photo shows Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings, File/Associated Press)
The Washington Post: Indiana election chief found guilty of voter fraud, other charges; faces removal from office:
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s top elections official could lose his job and his freedom after jurors convicted him of multiple voter fraud-related charges on Saturday, leaving in flux the fate of one of the state’s most powerful positions.White was convicted of six felony counts stemming from the fact that he used the address of his ex-wife while they were going through divorce. Gary of Advance Indiana thinks the White conviction is wrong and that it should never have gone to trial. Gary makes some very good points about the miscarriage of justice against Charlie White, so go read the whole thing.
Republican Secretary of State Charlie White has held on to his office for more than a year despite being accused of lying about his address on voter registration forms.
Regardless of Charlie White's guilt or innocence, his guilty conviction threatens to envelop US Senator Dick Lugar. Research done by certified fraud examiner Greg Wright suggests that Senator Lugar and his wife may have committed fraud by using the address of a house they sold in 1977 as their residence while living in the Washington, DC, area. When the Daily Caller raised questions about Lugar's Indiana residency, the Lugar campaign responded:
According to Willkie, Lugar is “an owner” of the “604-acre family corn, soybean, and tree farm in Marion County, Indiana.” Moreover, Willkie said, the 79-year-old Lugar “actively manages” and pays property taxes on the farm.When a sitting US Senator asserts his co-ownership of an uninhabitable farm as the basis for his residency in the state he represents you can be sure that his campaign staff are making plans for their next gig after his May 8th defeat. Senator Lugar is symbolic of the elite, entitled aristocracy of Washington, DC. Hoosiers can change that by voting for Richard Mourdock in the primary.
“Lugar’s time spent managing his farm keeps him grounded in the work that he does for the Senate Agricultural Committee and for the people in Indiana,” Willkie said. “People that tell you differently, never grew up on a farm in Indiana.”
Willkie also said, however, that Lugar does not stay at the farm when he is in Indiana.
“There’s no house at the farm that you would stay in, so far as a physical residence,” Willkie said. “There’s a multitude of places where he stays.”