Controversial Candidate Running For Indiana Secretary of State

By John W. Davis

November 1, 2010 Updated Nov 1, 2010 at 11:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Republican Secretary of State Candidate Charlie White is facing voter fraud allegations, stemming from what address he used to vote and campaign mailers.

White is accused of using his ex-wife's address to vote in a district in which he didn't reside.

Democrats think he voted there because he was still serving on the Fishers Town Council but no longer lived in the Fishers Town Council district.

According to published reports, White admitted to voting there but said he did not do anything illegal.

His campaign is also accused of sending out information mailers that did not reveal who paid for them.

According to published reports, White's campaign manager said leaving off the information was not intentional.

Allegations against White are being investigated by special prosecutors.

However, White is leading his Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Vop Osili, 51% to 31%.

The poll was released by the Mike Downs Center For Indiana Politics.

1600 likely or early voters participated in the survey.

In Indiana, the Secretary of State is in charge or elections, incorporating new businesses and regulating the state's securities industry.

"The most important thing is jobs and I know how to grow a business," said Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Vop Osili.

"I know how to create jobs. It is essential that we help our other small businesses. That we have a focus on growing our small businesses so they too can provide jobs it is our number one issue," said Osili.

According to his campaign website, Osili is a founding partner of a green Indianapolis-based architectural design company that grew from 2 to 30 employees.

Indiana's NewsCenter reached out to Charlie White.

Deputy Campaign Manager & Communications Director Andrew Greider said White was not available for a phone interview but did answer some questions through email.

"Charlie understands the process of running a small business having worked in his father's company in many capacities to help make it successful and provide jobs for Hoosiers. Equally, Charlie has spent more than 14 years as an attorney in the private and public sector and has a wide range of experience including spending more than 9 years as an elected official. Charlie will work with other state agencies and offices to create a "one-stop-shop" for new businesses to make it easier to start a business and comply with federal and state regulations, and he will work to help Indiana businesses spend less time interacting with government and more time focusing on growth," wrote Greider.

"The decision on who to vote for is pretty clear. I personally would not want to vote for someone who is under investigation for voter fraud, the one aspect that impacts the Secretary of State's office directly and to be the chief elections officer to be under investigation for voter fraud and perhaps facing indictment and requirement to step down in a sense is a wasted vote," said Osili.

White's campaign did not comment on his voter fraud allegations because it is an ongoing investigation.

If charged, White could face a Class D felony.

A conviction could force White to resign from office.




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