Charlie White, Indiana's recently elected Secretary of State and former Hamilton County Republican Party chairman, has been indicted for voter fraud after allegedly listing his ex-wife's address as his own on voting and loan forms, and serving on the Fishers town council when he was ineligible.
One of White's responsibilities as secretary of state is upholding voting laws, among other duties.
He faces seven felony counts, including three counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count each of theft and financial fraud, said special prosecutor John Dowd.
He is charged with theft for allegedly continuing to collect a salary from the Fishers Town Council after he was no longer eligible to serve on it. The financial fraud charge pertains to White's alleged lying under oath about his address on loan documents.
White has turned himself into Hamilton County officials, however, at Recorder press time had not resigned from office despite calls for him to do so by Gov. Mitch Daniels and the heads of the Indiana Republican and Democratic parties.
Following his 2007 divorce, White updated his voter registration after moving to an apartment in the same precinct. In 2009, he moved back into his ex-wife's home, and in November of that year began splitting time between his ex-wife's home and a newly purchased condo outside the precinct.
In 2010, White changed his voter registration back to his ex-wife's address, claiming he was unsure when he would close on his new home. White blames his busy schedule for his failure to once again update his voter registration, but admits to voting in a district where he no longer lived.
During last November's election, White's African-American Democratic opponent, Vop Osili, questioned White's ability to hold the post successfully due to allegations of voter fraud that were being made at the time of the election.
White won by a wide margin over Osili, a former architect who is currently a candidate for the Indianapolis City-County Council in the November election
If convicted of the financial fraud charge, White could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison. The other six charges carry maximum penalties of six months to three years in prison.