White Takes Aim at Local Attorney in Voter Fraud Case

By Peter Ambrose

June 14, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is playing offense while defending himself against voter fraud charges.

He has accused a special prosecutor of doing the same thing.

According to the Indianapolis Star, White filed a complaint with Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards last Friday. He claims attorney Dan Sigler, his current wife and his ex-wife voted at wrong polling locations for the past 6 years.

Sigler has denied any wrongdoing, but the prosecutor's office is reportedly reviewing White's complaint.

Sigler is one of the special prosecutors in the case against White. He's accused of using his ex-wife's address to vote in a precinct he no longer lived in during the May, 2010 Republican primary elections. The 41-year-old faces 7 charges including voter fraud, theft and perjury. The trial is set for August 8.

White has maintained his innocence, claiming he made a simple mistake. He has rejected calls to step down.

With the criminal case still pending, the Republican White also faces a civil challenge from Indiana Democrats.

The party is seeking to have White removed from office in an effort that's gone from the state Recount Commission to the courts and back to the Commission.

Democrats claim White's candidacy for the Secretary of State office, which oversees elections in Indiana, was invalid when he was elected last November because he was illegally registered to vote. The Democrats want their candidate, Vop Osili, to replace White.

The Indianapolis Star says the Recount Commission is expected to hold a hearing on the matter next week.




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