The Indiana Recount Commission will determine Secretary of State Charlie White’s eligibility to hold office on Tuesday – two days sooner than planned. The commission heard testimony this week regarding Democrats’ complaint that White was illegally registered to vote at the time he declared his candidacy and is ineligible to serve. The Democrats say White should be replaced by Democrat Vop Osili, who White defeated by a large margin last November. The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the facts of the case and rule on the Democrats’ challenge. It was originally scheduled to announce its decision on Thursday.
White is accused of using his ex-wife’s address on his voter registration records. The Democrats suspect that he was living in a condo he purchased for him and his new wife. This week’s hearing lasted seven hours, and White testified for about two hours.
White said he considered his ex-wife’s home to be his permanent address, but he was traveling for his campaign and split time between his ex-wife’s house, his mother’s house and the condo he now shares with his new wife. Testimony from his ex-wife and his new wife corroborated his story.
The commission isn’t the only hurdle White needs to clear to keep his job. He still faces seven felony charges, including three counts of voter fraud, in Hamilton County. His trial is scheduled for Aug. 8.