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Former Indiana Elections Chief To Face Sentencing

Sentencing will be held tomorrow for former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White.

White was found guilty early this month of six felony counts, including voter fraud and theft, related to his voter registration for the 2010 Republican primary. Each count carries up to three years in prison.

Prosecutors say White lied about his residence in order to keep his seat on the Fishers City Council, when he had actually moved out of his council district.

White was forced to step down as Secretary of State because of the felony convictions, but has said he will ask the judge to reduce them to misdemeanors so he can be reinstated.

If the request is denied, it’s unclear who would take over as permanent Secretary of State. Gov. Mitch Daniels says it should be his appointee, but state Democrats argue the job should go to White’s Democratic opponent in 2010.

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in the dispute next week.

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Closing Arguments Begin In Charlie White Trial

From the Associated Press:

Closing arguments are under way at the voter fraud trial of Indiana’s elections chief in a case that could oust him from office.

Special prosecutor Dan Sigler Jr. argued this morning that Secretary of State Charlie White knowingly committed voter fraud for political power.

White’s attorney, Carl Brizzi, said in his closing arguments that prosecutors’ case “is based entirely on assumption, innuendo and leaps.” The jury is expected to begin deliberating after today’s closing arguments.

White is charged with seven felony counts, including fraud, perjury and theft. He faces removal from office if convicted of a single count and could be imprisoned.

Prosecutors claim White used his ex-wife’s address on his voter registration form in the May 2010 Republican primary when he actually had a condo elsewhere with his fiance

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White Cautions Presidential Campaigns Preparing For 2012

From the Associated Press

Indiana’s embattled Secretary of State Charlie White is advising presidential campaigns to be careful following revelations of questionable signatures on petitions in the 2008 contest.

White said Friday he will be looking for organized efforts to fraudulently place a candidate on the ballot. He also recommended candidates looking to run in Indiana’s May 2012 primary begin organizing early.

The South Bend Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana reported this week that they found hundreds of questionable signaures on petitions used for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb has requested a federal investigation. Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said Friday he would support a probe.

White is facing trial in January on charges he voted illegally in the 2010 election.

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Bayh: White’s Fraud Claim “Baseless”

From the Associated Press

Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh says voter fraud allegations raised against him and his wife by embattled Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White are baseless.

White filed documents this week with the Marion County prosecutor’s office requesting that an independent prosecutor investigate whether the Bayhs voted fraudulently in Indiana’s May Democratic primary using an Indianapolis address when both resided primarily in Washington.

White faces criminal charges including voter fraud for listing his ex-wife’s Fishers home on his voter registration.

Bayh dismissed White’s challenge in a statement to The Indianapolis Star, calling White’s situation “factually and legally different than mine.”

Bayh is a Democrat who didn’t seek re-election to the Senate last year.

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White Seeks Vote Fraud Probe of Former Sen. Bayh

The chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party is dismissing a claim made by embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White as “reckless and ridiculous.”

In documents filed Tuesday in Marion County, White (pictured) asks that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the Bayhs for vote fraud. He claims the former senator and his wife voted in the May Indiana Democratic primary but reside in Washington, D.C.

Evan Bayh declined to comment, but Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker says the former senator never gave up his Indianapolis home and voted legally. He called White’s complaint ‘sad’ and said he should resign.

White himself is facing trial on vote fraud and other charges for using his ex-wife’s address on a voter registration form and faces removal from office if convicted.

His attorney says White, in making the claim, is trying to make a point that the charges against him are politically motivated.

(Information for this story came from the Associated Press)

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AG Investigators To Respond To Election Fraud Complaints

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office says it will have vote-fraud investigators on the  ground across the state on election day, making unannounced visits to polling places.

Spokesperson Allison Martin says the election fraud hotline will also be in operation Tuesday.

“We actually had this up an running in the primary, where we processed about 60 calls in election day. We had no allegations of vote-buying; most of those calls were of an informational nature, and none of those complaints was referred out for or resulted in prosecution,” Martin said.

Martin expects the general election to generate more calls, since a record number of Kentucky voters could go to the polls.

The election fraud hotline is 1-800-328-VOTE.