Former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is denouncing what he calls baseless allegations of voter fraud brought by embattled Secretary of State Charlie White. In a five-page, single-spaced complaint filed Tuesday, White accused the former Democratic senator and his wife, Susan Bayh of casting ballots in May’s primary in Indiana while living in Washington, D.C., and of improperly claiming a property tax homestead exemption on a condo they own in Marion County.
White faces trial in January on seven felony charges, including voter fraud, after prosecutors allege he illegally registered to vote at his ex-wife’s address when he declared his candidacy for the office.
“Mr.White’s assertions are baseless. His situation is factually and legally different than mine,” Bayh said in a statement Thursday. White claims the Bayhs actually reside in a $2.3 million home in Washington, D.C., not their $58,000 condo on Indianapolis’ northwest side. But Indiana Democrats stressed that the Bayhs have always had a home in Indianapolis and called White’s complaint “laughable and regrettable.”
In the complaint, White requested that Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, a Democrat, appoint two independent prosecutors to investigate the claims.
The office confirmed Wednesday that it had initiated a review of the allegations, but Curry said he likely wouldn’t ask for a special prosecutor unless there was evidence a crime had been committed.
A representative with the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office told 6News that the complaint was not filed on behalf of the office, and that White had filed the document as a private citizen.