Former Candidate for Clark County Clerk Arrested for Violation of Indiana Election Law

Clark County- Christopher James Coyle, a former candidate for the Clark County Clerk, was arrested on Thursday afternoon following an investigation by Indiana State Police.  

In November of 2022, a formal criminal complaint was filed with Detective Tim Denby, a detective with the Indiana State Police Special Investigations Section. The complainant advised Christopher Coyle had filed a false report with the Clark County Clerk's Office. It was alleged Christopher Coyle both voted and filed to run for a Clark County office while not residing in Clark County as required by law.  

As part of the investigation, Detective Denby conducted interviews and reviewed pertinent documentation and information. The investigation was concluded and turned over to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office in March.  

As a result of the investigation, Christopher Coyle was charged with Filing a Fraudulent Report, a Level 6 Felony, and two counts of Voting Outside of Precinct, each a Level 6 Felony.  

Christopher Coyle voluntarily surrendered himself to the court on Thursday, May 11th. He was released on his own recognizance after being booked into the Clark County Jail.