The Indiana Recount Commission will rule today on Democrats’ challenge to Charlie White’s eligibility to serve as secretary of state.
The Democrats say White was illegally registered to vote at the time he declared his candidacy and should be replaced by Democrat Vop Osili, whom White defeated in November.
The commission’s decision will determine White’s immediate political future, but it might not end the months-long debate over his eligibility to hold office because either side could appeal to the courts.
Democrats and Republicans have questioned the bipartisan commission members’ ability to make a fair ruling. The commission has two Republicans and one Democrat.
On Monday, the parties took one last jab at each other in anticipation of today’s ruling. Democrats suspect that Tom Wheeler, a Republican commission member, was a guest at a “kickoff fundraiser” for White.
Wheeler has denied attending the event.
But the Democrats remained skeptical. Even though Wheeler wasn’t required to disclose such connections, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said that if Wheeler had any ties to the fundraiser, he should’ve said so.