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Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows removed from North Carolina voters list amid fraud probe
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Mark Meadows, a former senior adviser to Trump, was removed from North Carolina’s voter rolls as the state investigates allegations that he committed voter fraud in the 2020 election, election officials said Wednesday.

Meadows, who served two terms as a congressman from North Carolina before becoming President Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff, helped promote Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that widespread voter fraud has entrusted the presidency to Joe Biden. But his withering rhetoric about potential voter fraud has clashed with reports in recent weeks that Meadows registered to vote in 2020 using the address of a North Carolina mobile home in which he has no never stayed.

Those reports prompted North Carolina state investigators to launch an investigation into Meadows voter registration last month. On Monday, Macon County officials “administratively removed Mark Meadows’ voter registration … after documents indicated he lived in Virginia and last voted in the 2021 election there. North Carolina State Board of Elections spokesman Patrick Gannon said in a statement Wednesday.

News of Meadows’ withdrawal was first reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times. Meadows’ wife, Debra, remains registered to vote at the Scaly Mountain address, according to the newspaper. A representative for Meadows declined to comment on Wednesday.

Analysis: Mark Meadows, his wife, Debra, and their voter registration in a trailer

Under North Carolina state law, a person who moves and votes in another state or in the District of Columbia loses their residence in North Carolina.

According to a New Yorker report last month, Meadows filed for voter registration in September 2020, three weeks before North Carolina’s deadline for the general election, listing its residential address as a 14-foot mobile home. on 62 feet in Scaly Mountain, NC Neither the house nor the property with that address belonged to him, and he never lived there, the magazine states.

It is not known if Meadows spent even one night at this address. The small mobile home belongs to a manager of Lowe’s, who bought it last summer from a widow living in Florida. The woman, who The New Yorker did not identify by name, told the magazine she had no idea Meadows had listed the house as her address on her voter registration form.

If Meadows is found to have committed voter fraud, it would be at odds with his harsh criticism of Democrats. Along with Trump and many of his allies, Meadows has repeatedly warned against voter fraud ahead of the 2020 election, and he repeatedly denounced it in his book, “The Chief’s Chief,” published in December.

In his memoir, Meadows lambasted Democrats’ efforts to push for increased access to mail-in voting during the pandemic, and linked it to some fraud. He criticized the “lowered” standards for mail-in ballots, and he suggested that officials might not even bother to check whether the signatures on those ballots matched what the state had on file.

“President Trump had alerted us to the strong possibility that there was fraud related to these mail-in ballots, and we wanted to be on the lookout,” Meadows wrote. “So elsewhere in the White House complex, we had set up an internal think tank that provided information to the campaign team, and we wanted to approach any potential challenges with the utmost seriousness.”

If any of their analysts uncovered fraud, he continued, Trump’s attorneys “would take legal action immediately.”

The House voted Dec. 14 to fire former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to the Justice Department for refusing to comply with a subpoena. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: The Washington Post)

In addition to the state’s investigation into his North Carolina voter registration, Meadows has come under scrutiny for his refusal to cooperate with the House Select Committee set up to investigate. on the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol. In December, the House voted to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress for defying committee subpoenas.

Meadows remains a key figure in the panel’s investigation because he stayed close to Trump between the election and the attack on Capitol Hill, as the president tried to overturn the results and spread false allegations of voter fraud. Text messages sent to Meadows on Jan. 6 showed Trump had failed to act quickly to stop the insurgency, despite real-time pleas from lawmakers, reporters and even his eldest son.

The bipartisan panel is investigating the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that tried to prevent certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory, a siege that left five dead and injured some 140 members of the security forces. order.

Felicia Sonmez and Mariana Alfaro contributed to this report.


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