The special prosecutor who brought criminal charges against Secretary of State Charlie White alleging he committed voter fraud by casting a vote in a precinct in which he allegedly did not reside is facing a criminal complaint against him for the very same charges he has brought against White. The person leveling the charges against Special Prosecutor Dan Sigler is Secretary of State Charlie White. If the allegations White alleges against his accuser are true, it's a case of the pot calling the kettle black.Advance Indiana shows the text of White's complaint. I can't say I find White's complaint impressive. The consistent theme of White's defense can be seen threaded through this document. For instance:
On or about May 2008, Nancy M. Sigler votes in the Democrat Primary allegedly using her address at 1783 North Wilson Lake Road, Columbia City (Richland North). She allegedly was never registered at her property at 183 Wildthorne, Columbia City (Columbia 7). This may explain why he told my wife’s former attorney why he could not go after her for voting in the wrong precinct in 2010 because ‘you would have to go after everyone’ but that they must go after Mr. White because of ”who he is.”White closes with this:
Next, I intend to send information delving into the mystery of Win Moses “home” in Fort Wayne (potential homestead fraud and voter fraud) while he resides in Indianapolis. I am not mentioning Dowd here since he has no connection to Allen County but if you wish to ask him questions concerning his potential violation of statutes protecting voters and candidates from influence I welcome that.A few thoughts:
All I want is for me and Mr. Sigler, Sr., Sherie Hamshire and Nancy M. Sigler and DJ Sigler, Jr. to be treated the same under the law as me and my family.
First, the idea that "everyone" votes in the wrong precinct is ridiculous on its face. I don't. I imagine most people don't. This problem seems to be mostly centered to politicians and those with multiple houses, though my experience has been that there has been a higher occurrence of it among city employees of East Chicago than among the population as a whole.
Second is the concept of prosecutorial discretion. Prosecutors cannot try every statutory violation they find. They just can't. There aren't enough of them. White's logic here -- that if you don't prosecute every statutory violation then you must prosecute none of them -- is a ludicrous proposition that is prescription for anarchy. In exercising their discretion, prosecutors often go for the "no harm, no foul" rule. Someone intentionally voting in the wrong precinct so he can keep his elected town council seat is most definitely "harm." As I learned, you can't justify bad behavior with other bad behavior.
Third, in Indiana the Secretary of State has certain authority over the conduct of elections, including some enforcement of Indiana election laws. Having someone who intentionally voted fraudulently in charge of elections makes a mockery of both the office and its solemn election responsibilities. The idea of having a vote cheat as Secretary of State is as ludicrous as having a tax cheat as Treasury Secretary ...
OK, bad example. But you get the idea.