A Marion County judge will decide Thursday if Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s election was unqualified to have his name on the ballot last November. Indiana Democrats have sued, seeking to have White removed from his post and replaced by Democrat Vop Osili, who lost to White in November’s election.
Attorneys for the Democrats went to court Wednesday to argue that White lied on his voter registration form and therefore was ineligible to run for secretary of state. White’s attorney, Jim Bopp, argued that White met requirements to be on the ballot because he was registered to vote. There is no requirement to be “legally” registered, he said.
When asked if he was trying to win on a technicality, Bopp said: “Well, technicalities are what the law’s about.” The Democrats’ attorney Karen Celestino-Horseman balked at Bopp’s argument. “There is no other case in law that I’m aware of where anyone’s held that you can satisfy a legal requirement by taking illegal action,” she said.
White, who has been indicted on seven felony counts, including voter fraud, did not attend Wednesday’s hearing.
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