SC Gov. Haley listed self as white on '01 form

July 28, 2011 - 6:28 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Democrats are accusing the state's first minority governor of using her heritage for political convenience after unearthing a 2001 voter registration application on which she lists herself as white.

Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said Thursday the document shows Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has trouble with the truth and highlights her own heritage only when it suits her.

Haley spokesman Trey Walker declined to comment.

Haley was born in South Carolina after her parents emigrated from India. Her background has added to the attention she has drawn since taking office in January.

The application Haley signed in March 2001 identifies her race as "W." It first was obtained by Democrats. The Associated Press independently viewed it Thursday.

Much of the voter registration form was filled out automatically using driver's license information.