Former NC congressman, chief of staff to Trump removed from state voter rolls

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows was removed from the voter rolls by local elections officials after a review showed Meadows voted in a Virginia in 2021. The State Board of Elections confirmed state law calls for his registration to be removed.

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Bryan Anderson
, WRAL state government reporter

Mark Meadows, a close adviser to former President Donald Trump, has been removed from North Carolina's voter rolls, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Meanwhile, state investigators are conducting a probe into potential allegations of voter fraud related to his voter registration.

The development comes after news reports revealed that Meadows was registered to vote in September 2020 at a mobile home in Scaly Mountain, N.C., where the former owner claims Meadows never stayed.
Meadows, who served as a congressman before becoming Trump's chief of staff, is known for supporting false statements about the 2020 presidential election. On the 2020 campaign trail, he made comments seeking to discredit the mail-in voting process. Records obtained last month by WRAL News show Meadows utilized mail-in voting in 2016 and 2020.

Pat Gannon, a spokesman for the state elections board, said in a statement that Meadows was removed because he voted in Virginia in the 2021 election, thus prompting local elections officials to remove him.

Meadows' spokesman, Ben Williamson, declined to comment.

News of Meadows' registration status change was first reported Wednesday by the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Macon County Board of Elections Director Melanie Thibault said Meadows was removed on April 11.

"Macon County administratively removed the voter registration of Mark Meadows under [state law] as he lived in Virginia and last voted in the 2021 election there," Gannon said.

Under state law, if a North Carolina registered voter "exercises the right of a citizen by voting in an election" in another state, the person is considered to have lost their North Carolina residence. Meadows was also removed because he voted in Virginia in 2021 after his federal government service ended, Gannon said.

Attorney General Josh Stein's office last month asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into Meadows’ voter registration in North Carolina.

"The SBI was requested by the NC Attorney General's Office to investigate potential voter fraud allegations concerning Mark Meadows," Angie Grube, an SBI spokeswoman, said a statement. "The investigation remains ongoing. As the investigation continues, information will be shared with the prosecutor who will make a determination as to whether any additional persons could be subject to the investigation. No additional information is available."

Meadows' wife, Debra, is still registered to vote at the Scaly Mountain address, state voting records show. The home is four miles north of the Georgia border.


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