Senator Richard Lugar, R-IN
White might have had a better case had he gone after Richard Lugar, a sitting Senator, that apparently does not own an Indiana address and has been using a house he hasn't owned in, as Ogden has pointed out on numerous occasions, for three decades.
To be a Senator, you must satisfy three requirements spelled out in the United States Constitution. You must be at least 30 years of age (Lugar will be nearing 80 if reelected). You must be a U.S. Citizen for at least nine years at the time of election (Lugar has that one covered). Finally, you must be a resident of the state you are elected to represent. That one is still up in the air.
When Lugar is in Indiana, his campaign has admitted that he only lives in hotel rooms. He does own property in Decatur Township, but that is a large farm full of mostly trees. There is a small home adjacent to the farm, but I don't know if that is inhabited by anyone or if it even, at this point, is Lugar's property.
As Ogden points out, Lugar has been utilizing an address that he has not lived in for years as his Indiana address for BMV records as well as voting.
We all understand that Richard Lugar does not lose his residency of his state for federal service in the legislature from that state. He is free to live in the Washington, D.C. area, but does that mean that he can also use someone else's address for his voter registration and BMV records?
At best, it's a major oversight by a man out of touch with political reality. At worst, it could be a violation of election law.
Lugar's case also shows how stupid Indiana's Voter ID law is. If Lugar shows up with a drivers license or ID card with that address he's been using on it, he gets to vote because it only checks his name and photo. The address doesn't make a difference. Anyway, if he votes absentee, no ID is required.
If Richard Mourdock or Joe Donnelly don't make an issue out of this, then they're crazy.