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Political Expert Weighs in on Charlie White Situation

12/23/2011

An IUPUI political analyst says the latest court ruling involving embattled Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White signals trouble for the elected official's political future.

Brian Vargus, speaking on Indy's Morning News with Amber Stearns, calls the Marion Circuit Court ruling that White is ineligible for the post "a serious setback" because it further tarnishes his reputation among Democrats and members of his own party.

Listen:  Brian Vargus with 93 WIBC's Amber Stearns

The judge ruled Thursday that White knowingly registered to vote in the wrong precinct and should be removed from office. The decision overrides the previous ruling of the Indiana Recount Commission.

Vargus says the latest ruling against White will be challenged, likely all of the way to the Indiana Supreme Court. But if the Secretary of State is found guilty of voter fraud in Hamilton County, he will be removed from office immediately.

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