White eligibility problems could allow Republicans to lose ballot line

Secretary of State Charlie White’s legal battle over his eligibility to serve could affect all Indiana Republicans.  The State Recount Commission is considering whether White was ineligible to run last year because his voter registration listed an incorrect address.  If White is disqualified, current law would make runner-up Democrat Vop Osili the new Secretary of State.  But Indiana law also requires political parties to earn two percent of the vote in the Secretary of State’s race to be allowed to automatically appear on Indiana’s ballots.  If White is ruled ineligible, a judge could declare none of his votes counted.    That would mean no Indiana Republican in any race would automatically get a place on the ballot.  Instead, each Republican candidate would have to collect petition signatures to be added to the ballot.  That rule would persist until the next Secretary of State’s race in 2014.  Statewide candidates would need nearly 15,000 signatures.  If they must petition for a ballot spot, Republican names would also appear on the ballot below those of Democrats and Libertarians – who did reach the two percent vote threshold in the 2010 race.  The State Recount Commission has not yet reached a decision in the case.

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