INDIANAPOLIS | Former Secretary of State Todd Rokita believes Secretary of State Charlie White erred in making public Rokita's investigation of White's voting history.
On Thursday, White released the "Rokita Report," a 238-page compilation of public records that the report says shows "apparent, albeit rebuttable" intent by White to deliberately vote in the wrong precinct in the May 2010 GOP primary election.
The report is partially the basis for seven felony charges, including three counts of voter fraud, pending against White in Hamilton County.
Rokita, a Munster native, told The Times on Monday that White's decision to release the report could jeopardize future investigations.
"If witnesses knew every time they came to the secretary of state's office their reports were going to be made public, you wouldn't have any witnesses," Rokita said.
The Indiana Democratic Party, which is challenging White's eligibility to hold office, sought the report while Rokita, a Republican, still was in office. Rokita denied the Democrats' request.
White spokesman A.J. Feeney-Ruiz said White, who took office in January, released the document in the interest of government transparency.
"We are providing the report in its entirety to allow Hoosiers an opportunity to see the facts for what they are," Feeney-Ruiz said.
Rokita, who has called on White to temporarily step aside while his criminal case is pending, said that was a mistake.
"We were trying to preserve the integrity of that investigation and all future ones," Rokita said. "What Mr. White did with releasing it was go beyond the bounds."