Meadows and his wife Debra had been simultaneously registered to vote in three states: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, which up until last week, was previously unknown.
In just a few short weeks, a lot can change. Towards the end of March, North Carolina state investigators were looking into Mark Meadows for potential voter fraud; the very thing that the former White House chief of staff said happened back in the 2020 election.
Overlap in voter rolls can happen, as it’s not uncommon to see when people move across state lines without terminating their main voting registration in the old state they lived in. It’s something that can also be easily rectified by notifying state officials when a move is set to take place.
In North Carolina, The New Yorker revealed that he had used the address of a home in Macon County that he never lived at to request an absentee ballot for the 2020 election in September, when he was working in Washington, D.C. at the White House for then-President Donald Trump.
In a new report first reported by The Washington Post, after Trump lost the presidential election, Meadows became a senior partner at the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), which promotes “election integrity” efforts. The CPI has a “citizen’s guide” where activists are urged to determine if their neighbors’ voter registrations are legal by several means, including if they’ve moved, or if the registrations are at PO Boxes, commercial addresses, or vacant lots. It then urges activists to “obtain evidence” by taking pictures of said commercial buildings or vacant lots, as well as “securing affidavits from current residents that a registered voter has moved.”
The Washington Post’s Fact Checker obtained state records, showing that an overlap in voter registrations for Meadows and his wife lasted around three weeks. Their registrations could have gone unnoticed, if Mark Meadows’s voting record wasn’t already under investigation in North Carolina.
Roughly two weeks after The New Yorker published their report about his North Carolina registration, he registered to vote in South Carolina, according to state records obtained by The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler. Meadows had purchased a waterfront home in South Carolina in 2021, but up until this year he owned an Alexandria townhome that was originally purchased in 2017.
His voter registration had been removed by North Carolina officials in Macon County on April 11, citing the fact that he had voted in Virginia. According to public records, Meadows had registered as a Virginia voter in Alexandria weeks before the 2021 gubernatorial election, which was won by Republican Glenn Youngkin.
North Carolina officials removed his wife’s name from the voter rolls on April 21, after receiving documentation that shows she had registered and voted in Virginia’s gubernatorial election as well.
An official with the South Carolina Elections Commission told The Associated Press’s Meg Kinnard that Meadows and his wife first registered as voters in South Carolina in March 2022. The official noted that neither Mark nor his wife cast a vote in the state.
In the wake of the election, Meadows was one of many people who pushed the false claims that the election was stolen from Trump; the election that was lawfully won by President Joe Biden. Judges, election officials in the Democratic and Republican parties, and Trump’s attorney general have stated that there was no evidence of any voter fraud.
Virginia and South Carolina are members of the nonprofit Electronic Registration Information Center, which provides its members with reports on voters. If Meadows had mentioned his Virginia registration while registering to vote in South Carolina, officials in South Carolina would have had to inform election officials in Virginia. The general registrar and director of elections for Alexandria noted that there was no change in either Mark or Debra’s voter registration status.
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