The former Trump official and ex-North Carolina congressman is facing questions about the legitimacy of his state voter registration.
State investigators confirmed they are investigating Mark Meadows for potential voter fraud, the very thing the former White House chief of staff falsely asserted happened during the 2020 election.
The NC Department of Justice confirmed the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe last week, following the news reports Meadows used the address of a Macon County home he’d never lived in to request a 2020 ballot. Meadows was a conservative Republican member of Congress representing Western North Carolina before joining the Trump administration.
“We have asked the SBI to investigate and at the conclusion of the investigation, we’ll review their findings,” a NC Department of Justice spokeswoman wrote in an email to WSOC-TV.
Meadows used the address of a modest Scaly Mountain manufactured home to register to vote in September 2020 when he was working for Trump at the White House. He requested an absentee ballot shortly after, state voting records show.
After the election, Meadows was one of several who pushed Trump’s false claims of a stolen election. False claims of voter fraud were pushed out by Trump and his supporters after Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, but no evidence of any widespread fraud ever surfaced.
Voter fraud is an incredibly rare occurrence, and most reported incidents end up being explained by clerical errors, political scientists have found.
One study by the nonpartisan Brennan Center finds an American is more likely to be struck by lightning than commit voter fraud.
In addition to the North Carolina investigation, Meadows is also under scrutiny for his actions leading up to the violent Jan. 6, 2021 attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol. Meadows refused to answer questions posed by a Congressional panel about his involvement and conversations leading up to the events that day, and could face criminal contempt charges.
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