Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Thursday that state officials will not investigate whether former U.S. Rep. David McIntosh voted illegally, but she encouraged legislators to do their own investigation next year.
McIntosh lost a close battle for Congress in the May primary amid questions over whether he improperly voted in Indiana while living in Virginia. The Indiana Election Division failed to reach an agreement Thursday on whether to investigate that matter further.
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar faced similar questions in his primary loss to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. And a residency complaint ultimately led to former Secretary of State Charlie White's conviction on felony charges earlier this year.
"This type of complaint and similar recent high-profile complaints indicate that Indiana law concerning residency for voter registration, voting, and running as a candidate for public office, could benefit from legislative review," Lawson said in a statement.It's funny how I never heard Lawson hinting that the residency laws needed legislative review when she was still in the State Senate hoping for White's demise so she could take over the office to which he was lawfully elected.