Supreme Court Rules Sec. of State White Was Legal to Run for Office

By Scott Sarvay

March 15, 2012 Updated Mar 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Last month former Secretary of State Charlie White was convicted of voter fraud and was forced to be removed from office, this month the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that White was a legal candidate and can be replaced by an appointment of Governor Daniels.

White's felony conviction was upheld by a court, which meant he was removed from office but Democrats argue that his candidacy was illegal because he was improperly registered to vote.

The state disagreed that White’s conviction had nothing to do with the civil case and that Gov. Mitch Daniels should be allowed to appoint his successor.

Had the court sided with the Democrats, second-place finisher Vop Osili could have been certified as the new Secretary of State.

Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker issued the following statement in response to Thursday morning's ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court in the Charlie White case:

“We’re obviously disappointed by today’s ruling, and we maintain our belief that Charlie White was an illegitimate candidate for this office, but we respect the court’s decision.

“It’s unfortunate that instead of having someone in that office who stood before Indiana voters for an election, Hoosiers are going to have a Secretary of State appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

“We hope that person respects the integrity of the office and the elections process and will work with both parties to make sure that every Hoosier with the ability to vote can do so in a fair and open manner.”

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