Mark Meadows is removed from North Carolina voters list amid fraud investigation

Mark Meadows, a former Trump White House chief of staff, has been removed from voter rolls in North Carolina as officials investigate whether he fraudulently registered to vote and vote in the state during the 2020 presidential election, according to a local election official.

Mr. Meadows, who helped amplify former President Donald J. Trump’s false voter fraud allegations, was “administratively removed” from the poll book by the Macon County Board of Elections on Monday “after documents indicated that he lived in Virginia and last voted in the 2021 election there,” Patrick Gannon, spokesman for the North Carolina Board of Elections, said in a statement.

Mr. Meadows represented North Carolina in Congress until March 2020, when he went to work at the White House. Months later, Mr. Meadows and his wife, Debra, registered to vote using the address of a modest three-bedroom mobile home with a rusting roof in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina.

On the voter registration application that Mr Meadows submitted on September 19, 2020, he said he intended to move into the house the following day.

And in November, he voted by mail from that address, according to state records.

Last month, a New Yorker article cast doubt on whether Mr Meadows had ever lived – or even spent the night – at the house.

Mr Meadows did not immediately respond to phone and text messages on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for Mr Meadows, Ben Williamson, declined to comment.

In 2021, Mr. Meadows registered to vote in Virginia, where he and his wife own a condominium in suburban Washington, ahead of that state’s controversial gubernatorial election. Property records show Mr. and Mrs. Meadows purchased the unit in July 2017.

The investigation into Mr. Meadows’ voting activity in North Carolina remains open, according to Anjanette Grube, public information officer for the state Bureau of Investigation.

Although documented cases of voter fraud are rare, Meadows and other Republicans have seized on the concept to argue, without evidence, that the results of the last presidential election are illegitimate.

During an August 2020 interview on CNN, Mr Meadows warned of fraud in mail-in voting. “Do you realize how inaccurate the voter rolls are, with just people moving on, not to mention people dying?” he told the host, Jake Tapper.

When Mr Tapper said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud, Mr Meadows replied: ‘There is no evidence that there isn’t either. That’s the definition of cheating, Jake.

Reid J. Epstein contributed report.

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