|Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White|
Secretary of State Charlie White was vilified for getting access to the "confidential" report, but he has rightfully been cleared by the Inspector General of misconduct, a fact the media barely reported. It is clear that there is nothing in it remotely "confidential." It should have never been determined by the Public Access Counselor to be work product or agency deliberative or advisory material. Then Secretary of State Todd Rokita had no constitutional or statutory authority to investigate voter fraud. He was simply responding to public pressure to do something, probably because Rokita for seven plus years had left the inaccurate representation that he has authority over elections and is the "chief election officer" for the state, a fact the Indianapolis Star wrongly ridicules White for disputing. In fact, the Secretary of State's role in elections is extremely limited, acting as a repository for some candidate filings and sitting on the Recount Commission. That's it.
Maybe it is time to simply stop assuming White is guilty and give the man his day in court.
To view Advance Indiana's take on the subject, click here.