Authorities in North Carolina have launched an investigation into possible voter fraud by Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows over allegations that he registered to vote at an address where he does not live.
Nazneen Ahmed, a spokeswoman for Josh Stein, the state attorney general, confirmed to The New York Times that the North Carolina Department of Justice has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into whether or not Meadows broke the law when he registered to vote, and voted from, the address where he allegedly did not live.
“We have asked the S.B.I. to investigate and at the conclusion of the investigation, we’ll review their findings,” Ahmed said.
The investigation was sparked by a March 6 report by The New Yorker which stated that Meadows registered to vote at an address—a mobile home in Scaly Mountain, N.C., for the 2020 election—where he has never lived.
Meadows also does not own the property, according to The New Yorker, who cited the former owner of the property, who was not named.
Meadows filed his paperwork on Sept. 19th, roughly three weeks before North Carolina’s voter-registration deadline for the general election, according to The New Yorker.
“On a line that asked for his residential address—”where you physically live,” the form instructs—Meadows wrote down the address of a fourteen-by-sixty-two-foot mobile home in Scaly Mountain. He listed his move-in date for this address as the following day, September 20th,” the news outlet stated.
Meadows did not respond to The New Yorker’s request for comment
Under North Carolina voter registration requirements, an individual must have been a resident of the county for at least 30 days before the election day in which they are voting. Intentionally lying on a voter registration form is a felony and voters can only have one official address linked to their voter registration.
Meadows and his wife, Debbie, both voted in the 2020 elections by absentee ballot, which they had mailed to their home in Washington, D.C, WRAL News, a local NBC affiliate, reports, citing North Carolina State Board of Elections records and Macon County Board of Elections Director Melanie D. Thibault.
The Epoch Times has contacted Meadows for comment.
Macon County District Attorney Ashley Welch wrote a letter to the attorney general’s office on March 14 in which she stated that “until being contacted by the media, I was unaware of any allegations of voter fraud surrounding Mark Meadows.”
Welch asked that the attorney general’s office “handle both the advisement of law enforcement agencies as to any criminal investigation as well as any potential prosecution of Mark Meadows.”
“It is in the best interest of justice and the best interest of the people of North Carolina that the Attorney General’s office handles the prosecution of this case,” Welch said.
Meadows, a Republican, served as a House representative for North Carolina from 2013 to 2020, when he resigned to join then-President Donald Trump’s administration as White House chief of staff.
He was an ally of Trump and urged lawmakers to investigate claims of alleged widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, however, election officials and Attorney general William Barr have concluded there was none.