Indiana Election Chief Found Guilty Of Voter Fraud

Published February 4, 2012 7:36AM (EST)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's top elections official has been found guilty of six of seven voter fraud-related charges and faces removal from office.

Hamilton County jurors returned the verdict against Secretary of State Charlie White about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after deliberating for nearly 13 hours.

White was accused of lying about where he lived when he registered to vote in the May 2010 Republican primary. Prosecutors said he used his ex-wife's address instead of a condo he had with his fiancée to keep his $1,000-per-month Fishers Town Council salary despite moving out of his council district.

He faced seven felony charges.

State law bars anyone convicted of a felony from remaining in office. It wasn't immediately clear how quickly White could be replaced or who might succeed him.

By Salon Staff

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