Secretary of State Charlie White will be asked today to publicly answer Democrats’ claims that he was illegally registered to vote last year when he declared his candidacy. The Indiana Recount Commission will hold a hearing this morning to hear testimony and arguments over whether he should be removed from office.
But it’s uncertain how many questions White, who is also facing felony charges that include voter fraud, will answer. A judge ruled Monday that anything he says can be used against him in the Hamilton County criminal case.
White’s testimony would follow months of questions about his eligibility to hold office and a protracted legal battle to determine the validity of the Democrats’ election challenge.
The Democrats have accused White of using his ex-wife’s address to vote. They say he should be removed from office and his Democratic opponent, Vop Osili, should take over.
White’s attorney, Jim Bopp, said the Democrats have pushed White into an “unconscionable dilemma” because he must now determine whether he can defend himself against their challenge without hurting his criminal case.
“They don’t want him to testify because they know his testimony will be damaging to their case,” Bopp said. “They want to steal this office without a fight.”