An “Embarrassing Mistake

If you have moved outside of your precinct since the last election, you must re-register to be eligible to vote. You may only vote in your old precinct if you move to another precinct within 30 days before the election. White moved more than 30 days before the election, so he was not eligible to vote at his old precinct. But, he did it anyway. He says it’s all an “embarrassing mistake”.

To put it bluntly, the “embarrassing mistake” was White not updating his registration when he moved into his new home in March 2010. However, when he physically travelled across town to his old polling location in May and signed his name and old address, is he saying he forgot that he no longer lived there?

The legal thing to do at that point would have been to not vote in the Primary. That’s not the choice Mr. White made.

The Indiana Code states:

IC 3-14-2-11
Voting in other precincts

Sec. 11. Except as provided by IC 3-10-10, IC 3-10-11, or IC 3-10-12, a person who knowingly votes or offers to vote in a precinct except the one in which the person is registered and resides commits a Class D felony.

What Will Daniels Do?

These disturbing facts have led Purvis to call for White to remove himself from the Secretary of State race and for an investigation into White’s voter registration and vote irregularities. Yet, all those who yelled and railed about voter fraud in the lead up to the passage of the Indiana Voter ID law have been uncharacteristically silent on this issue – including Gov. Mitch Daniels who handpicked Charlie White and paved the way for his Republican nomination.

Will Gov. Daniels rescind his endorsement? If not, does he endorse the potentially felonious behavior of his chosen candidate? As someone who supported the Voter ID law specifically to root out alleged voter fraud, will Gov. Daniels support an investigation of White’s actions based on the presented facts?

White is either incapable of understanding election law (even when he’s drawn the local district lines himself as a Republican leader and town council member) or he’s deliberately broken state election law by registering and casting votes from an address where he doesn’t live – both in the primary election and votes as a council member for a district he didn’t live in.