Let’s admit it, we all saw this one coming. After passing restrictive voter ID laws to combat non-existent voter fraud, it turns out that so far, the only people really committing voter fraud are Republicans. During the New Hampshire primary last month, conservative journalist wannabe James O’Keefe committed voter fraud on camera. And now, the Republican Secretary of State in Indiana has been found guilty of committing voter fraud.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Charlie White was convicted of 6 felony charges, three of which involve voter fraud. Apparently, White claimed he lived on one side of the town of Fishers with his ex-wife, when he actually lived on the other side of town with his fiancée. In others words, he lied about his residency on his voter registration. Oops.
White now faces up to three years in prison for each count but could serve the minimum six months per count. The judge could also reduce the felony conviction to a mere misdemeanor which is basically a slap on the wrist. If White was a poor Democrat, Republicans would undoubtedly be calling for the maximum punishment. But since White is a Caucasian Republican, Republicans want the judge to go easy on him. Governor Mitch Daniels actually intends to let White have his position back if the judge is lenient. So basically, Daniels wants a Secretary of State who commits voter fraud to be the guy that certifies elections in the state. For the time being, White’s chief deputy Jerry Bonnet is temporarily taking over as Secretary of State.
This is exactly the kind of hypocrisy that Republicans have been committing for years now. In an effort to prevent Democratic constituencies from voting in 2012, Republicans across the country have been passing or attempting to pass voting laws that require a state voter ID which many students, poor people, and senior citizens don’t have or can’t afford. Republicans claim that the new laws prevent voter fraud. But voter fraud is very rare in the United States and lately it seems that only Republicans are guilty of the crime. Indiana has had a strict voter ID law in place since 2005. It was even signed by Mitch Daniels. Republicans claimed at the time that it would prevent voter fraud. But apparently, it has failed.