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Voter Fraud News: Indiana GOP Secretary of State “Ineligible to Serve”

2:47 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Cheatin' Charlie

An Indiana Court has overturned the results of the 2010 Secretary of State election, “won” by GOP Charlie White, because as a candidate he misstated his residency for months in his previous elected position and was therefore ineligible to seek the Secretary of State position. White’s “victory” more than a year ago was through voter fraud, the court ruled, and the second-highest vote-getter, Democrat Vop Osili, has been declared the winner of the 2010 race for Secretary of State.

Republican Charlie White is out as secretary state and Democrat Vop Osili now has the job.

On Thursday, a Marion County Circuit Court judge ruled that White wasn’t eligible to be a candidate in the November 2010 election, setting aside an earlier decision by the Indiana Recount Commission. Judge Louis Rosenberg ordered that Osili, who received the second highest number of votes, be certified as Secretary of State.

Rosenberg ruled that White was not lawfully registered at the address he listed and did not reestablish residency at the address.

White is also facing seven felony charges, including allegations of voter fraud. A criminal trial has been set for Jan. 30

While a huge victory for the rule of law, and a severe dent in whatever propaganda the GOPs want to put forward about ‘voter fraud’ to support their push for ID laws, this case is largely due to the push by Bilerico blog publisher Bil Browning, writing at HuffPost:

If you have moved outside of your precinct since the last election, you must re-register to be eligible to vote. You may only vote in your old precinct if you move to another precinct within 30 days before the election. White moved more than 30 days before the election, so he was not eligible to vote at his old precinct. But, he did it anyway. He says it’s all an “embarrassing mistake”.

To put it bluntly, the “embarrassing mistake” was White not updating his registration when he moved into his new home in March 2010. However, when he physically travelled across town to his old polling location in May and signed his name and old address, is he saying he forgot that he no longer lived there?

The legal thing to do at that point would have been to not vote in the Primary. That’s not the choice Mr. White made.


Indiana Democrats issued this statement
:

“More than a year later, justice has finally been served. We applaud this ruling and congratulate Vop Osili as the rightful winner of the 2010 election. This is the second judge in recent weeks to deny Charlie White’s attempts to dodge legal responsibility for his actions.

“As a result of his vote fraud, Charlie White was never eligible to be a candidate for this office, and he’s done nothing but embarrass Hoosiers since wrongfully assuming the position. This is a victory for Indiana, and it validates the months we’ve spent making it clear that this kind of behavior should not and will not be tolerated.

“We hope that Vop will be sworn in quickly so that we can restore openness and transparency to an office that’s been clouded by Charlie White’s antics for more than a year.”

So, next time you hear GOPs nattering on about the need to prevent voter fraud by denying people with the approved documentation the right to vote as they have for decades, mention former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, who served illegally for more than a year in that position due to his own voter fraud, something the incumbent in that office is sworn to combat.

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios Resigns in AT&T Gaywashing Scandal

6:58 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The president of GLAAD (essentially, the organization’s executive director) has resigned in the wake of the scandal about letters that went to the FCC over his signature, drafted by donor AT&T, that Barrios apparently neither read nor understood. which he then subsequently disavowed.

From Michaelangelo Signorile, who’s been all over this case from the beginning:

Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD, has just sent the board of GLAAD his resignation letter. A statement will be going out from GLAAD tonight, but GLAAD confirmed in an email that Barrios did resign. This comes following the report earlier today from Ben Smith at Politico, that the executive committee of the board had voted to remove Barrios.

Signorile notes that while the LGBT movement has much to thank Jarrett Barrios for in his legislative accomplishments in Massachusetts as well as since then at GLAAD, the Board needs to ask for yet another resignation:

Jarrett Barrios has done much for the movement,certainly as a legislator in Massachusetts, and we should thank him for his service and wish him well. Now, all the hard-working activists at GLAAD,many of whom are friends and colleagues of mine, can get back to working for LGBT rights without this distraction. The GLAAD board now must remove Troup Coronado from the board. And it has much more to do in looking at the future of the organization.

Bil Browning at Bilerico.com, which has also led on this story, also reports:

I’d said privately that GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios should resign over the recent controversy surrounding the group’s endorsement of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and the discovery that he lied about his involvement in an anti-net neutrality letter wholly written by AT&T and sent to the FCC on his behalf, but now it’s official. GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro confirms that Jarrett Barrios has stepped down.

Ben Smith at Politico reported earlier today that the board’s executive committee met and voted in favor of firing the embattled leader.

Much more detailed reporting on this sad and tawdry episode is linked at Bilerico.com, for those who are catching up with it.