Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rosenberg Rules: White Ineligible for Secretary of State

Marion County Circuit Court
Judge Lou Rosenberg
Charlie White should not have been on the November 2010 ballot.

In a decision handed down earlier today, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Lou Rosenberg found that Charlie White was ineligible to serve as Indiana Secretary of State when he was elected and remanded the case back to the Indiana Recount Commission to certify the second-highest vote getter, Vop Osili, to serve in the office.  White is certain to appeal the decision.

Former Secretary of State
Charlie White??
Either way, questions surrounding White's voter registration were key in the case.  Rosenberg wrote in his decision, "The fact that Mr. White knowingly registered in the wrong precinct is sufficient to render him ineligible for the office of Secretary of State.  Whether or not he believed that his registration complied with the law is irrelevant."

Rosenberg also said that his Court's decision is not implying that White's actions constituted a crime or were fraudulent. "Those questions are for another court at another time," wrote Rosenberg.

You can read the full text of Rosenberg's decision here.

I guess we'll see where this goes from here.  Had White stepped aside before the election in 2010, all of this would have been avoided.  Unfortunately, it looks like he's reached the point of no return.

One thing is true.  If installed in the office, Indiana can have confidence that Vop Osili will be a great Secretary of State.

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