Even though some bloggers out there predicted this one would just fade away, it appears the Charlie White story continues to be the hot ticket. Today, Bil Browning continued to chip away at White on the Huffington Post.
This is now the second story that has been published on the HuffPo this week about the White controversy. Browning's piece also referred to this blog's post that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard would be headlining a fundraiser for White.
The Indianapolis Star also raises, for the first time, the question about a statement from White's campaign. Dan Parker, the Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, held a news conference that accused White of committing voter fraud. In response, White's campaign released this statement:
"...it’s unfortunate that a set of personal and family-related circumstances created this scenario, but the simple fact is that Charlie was entitled under law to vote one last time at his old polling location. The only issue here pertains to filing a change of address for his voter registration form, an oversight that has been previously brought up and already fixed. Charlie has repeatedly taken full responsibility for the any mistakes he may have made and has taken all the steps necessary to correct them.”
Listen, I know divorces get nasty, and I fully get that things get crazy! I've seen it firsthand, but the numbers in the equation don't add up.
Mary Beth Schneider lays them out in her piece, which is well worth the read.
"It is questionable, though, whether state allow allows White to “vote one last time at his old polling location.” Indiana code says a voter who moves 30 days before an election may vote if they make an oral or written affirmation of their current address to poll clerks.
White apparently moved in March, more than 30 days, and there was no immediate information that he informed poll clerks of his address change in that May primary.
White, who is being challenged in the race for secretary of state by Democrat Vop Osili and Libertarian Mike Wherry, has said he was too busy to change the address on his voter registration before the May primary election to his new address."
Anyone that has worked an election should know this rule. Having worked several, you always seem to get one or two voters that come in having moved out of the precinct shortly before the election wanting to vote. As Schneider points out, it is permissible to vote in this case only if they have moved within 30 days of the election. There is no "one last time" exemption as applied to White's case as his campaign claims.
In addition to everything, it appears that White doesn't know the state's election law, either. Again, all the more reason to vote for Vop Osili on Nov. 2.