Indiana High Court Says Daniels Can Appoint White’s Successor

by Rick Howlett on March 15, 2012

From the Associated Press:

The Indiana Supreme Court has cleared the way for Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels to appoint ousted Secretary of State Charlie White’s replacement, dashing Democrats’ hopes of taking the politically powerful statewide office.

The court voted unanimously today to overturn a Marion County judge’s decision ordering the state recount commission to certify 2010 runner-up Vop Osili as the state’s top elections official.

Democrats argued that White’s candidacy was invalid because he was improperly registered to vote. They said his Feb. 4 conviction on voter fraud charges proved their point.

The commission contended that the criminal case and the civil case were unrelated and the court should not overturn an election. It argued that since White was removed from office for a conviction, he should be replaced by the governor.

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