Friday, March 04, 2011

What's a little perjury, voter fraud and theft among friends?

Nothing to see here... just keep moving...

Indiana (Republican) Secretary of State Indicted on Charges of Voter Fraud, Perjury and Theft. 

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) indicted on seven felony counts including voter fraud, perjury and theft. 

The heart of the case stems not from any ballot stuffing scheme but from White's allegedly lying about his current place of residence, both for his voting but also, allegedly, to hold on to his town council seat. White was elected last November. The theory of the case, if I understand it correctly, is that for his Secretary of State campaign, White needed to hold on to his city council seat. And he couldn't do that because he'd moved out of the jurisdiction. So he used a fraudulent address to make the whole thing work. 

Worth noting that the Secretary of State is the state's top election official. So being indicted on perjury and voter fraud charges creates an awkward situation.

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