Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 30, 2020.
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- Mark Meadows was booted from North Carolina voter rolls after voting in Virginia in 2021.
- The move comes amid a state investigation into his registration and questions of possible voter fraud.
- The former North Carolina congressman was registered to vote at a mobile home where he’d never stayed.
Mark Meadows, the former North Carolina congressman and chief of staff to President Donald Trump, was removed from North Carolina’s voter rolls by local election officials amid uncertainty about his residency in the state.
North Carolina news outlet WRAL first reported on Wednesday that Meadows was booted from the voter rolls on April 11 after Democratic State Attorney General Josh Stein launched an investigation into his voter registration in the state.
“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,” said Pat Gannon, a spokesman for the North Carolina elections board.
Both the New Yorker and WRAL previously reported that Meadows was registered to vote at and voted from a mobile home in Scaly Mountain where he didn’t live, according to the property owner, raising questions of voter fraud.
In September 2020, just six weeks before the election, Meadows listed the mobile home as his primary place of residence and registered to vote there, despite the home’s former owner telling the New Yorker that the former congressman “never spent a night in there.”
If true, that would mean Meadows may have committed voter fraud under North Carolina law.
“I’ve made a lot of improvements,” the mobile home’s new owner, Ken Abele, told The New Yorker. “But when I got it, it was not the kind of place you’d think the chief of staff of the president would be staying.”
Meadows sold his home in Sapphire, North Carolina in 2020, and maintains a condo in Virginia with his wife, Debra. According to WRAL, state voting records show that Debra is still registered to vote at the mobile home. But in 2021, Meadows registered to vote in Virginia, which had a competitive gubernatorial race.
Meadows declined Insider’s request for comment through his spokesman, Ben Williamson.
The one-time head of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, Meadows became Trump’s chief of staff in March 2020 after serving in Congress since 2013. He’s also become one of the central figures in the January 6 committee’s investigation into the Capitol riot, with recently-revealed text exchanges between Meadows and both Ginni Thomas (the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas) and Donald Trump Jr. raising new questions about his actions leading up to the attack.
The House of Representatives voted to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress in December after he defied a subpoena from the committee. The Department of Justice has yet to file any charges against him after receiving the House’s referral.
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