Indiana’s former secretary of state faces sentencing

February 23, 2012

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Indiana’s former top election official will face sentencing Thursday afternoon on a half-dozen felony convictions, including theft and voter fraud. He’s facing up to three years in prison on each count.

Charlie White was removed as Indiana’s secretary of state almost immediately after a jury convicted him on the charges earlier this month. Prosecutors in Hamilton County, north of Indianapolis, say White lied on voter registration forms.

White claimed to live at a house with his ex-wife in the affluent suburb of Fishers, but he actually moved out before the primary race in May 2010.

White, a Republican, is hoping the judge in the case will reduce his convictions to misdemeanors so that he can return to office. Indiana law does not allow convicted felons to hold office.

Although he did not testify in his trial, White told FOX News after he was found guilty, that he did nothing wrong. White also said other top state Republicans, including Governor Mitch Daniels, have done the same thing.

Democrats, meanwhile, are trying to have their candidate, Vop Osili, appointed to the secretary of state office. Osili lost big to White in the 2010 race.

Daniels appointed White’s deputy, Jerry Bonnet, to serve as Secretary of State.