Former Indiana governor and current Vice President Mike Pence voted absentee in Tuesday’s primary. However, WIBC reports that the VP listed his address on the ballot as the Governor’s Mansion.
That must have come as a surprise to current governor Eric Holcomb, who moved in last year.
John Zody, the chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, released a statement about the vote.
“We agree with the Vice President’s rhetoric – we should be working to strengthen Hoosiers’ confidence in our electoral system,” Zody said. “Asking for more information about how he cast his vote in this primary election will go a long way toward that.”
Zody noted that according to Indiana law, a person’s has intention to return to their residence, meaning Pence would eventually live at the Governor’s Residence again.
“If the Vice President intends to return to the Governor’s Residence, I’m betting that’s news to Governor Holcomb and to Hoosiers,” Zody said. “We are requesting an explanation.”
This continues to be an issue with candidates in the state of Indiana. For some reason, they have a very hard time keeping an address in their home state and it’s cost several of them their elections.
Senator Richard Lugar was registered to vote at an address he hadn’t lived at for thirty years and it likely cost him his senate seat back in 2012. He still owns a family farm in the state and after the residency issue, switched his voter registration over to that address instead.
When he was running for Senate back in 2016, Evan Bayh also gave an incorrect address for his Indianapolis residence.
And most recently, Congressman Luke Messer who was vying for the Indiana GOP Senate nomination was attacked by his primary opponents for moving his family to DC instead of keeping a home in his congressional district.
This is such a simple problem to solve. Don’t sell your home and if you do, don’t list your address someplace you don’t live! I think voters would prefer a politician who is honest about where he lives rather than finding out during the campaign cycle that they are trying to fool their voters into thinking they still live in the state where they are running for office.
As for Mike Pence, well, that was a REALLY dumb thing to do and I’m not sure his vote should even count.