On April 29, the Indiana legislature passed HB 1242, an omnibus election law bill. One part of the bill clarifies that even if Republican Secretary of State Charlie White is found to have been ineligible to run in 2010, the Republican Party is still ballot-qualified. Indiana defines “political party” as a group that polled at least 2% for Secretary of State. There is some possibility that White will be found ineligible to have run, because he may not have been registered to vote properly in 2010. Thanks to Bill Van Allen for this news.
If White is found ineligible, the Democratic nominee from 2010, who placed second, will assume the office. But if White resigns before that happens, then Governor Mitch Daniels, a Republican, can appoint a replacement. Or if White is found guilty of the crime of voting at a precinct at which he did not live, the Governor could replace him. However, White is fighting to clear his name and is not expected to resign.