RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — North Carolina state investigators are investigating the voter registration of Mark Meadows, a former chief of staff to President Donald Trump, amid questions about his registration in voter records from a home he never owned, the state attorney general’s office said. Thusday.
Attorney General Josh Stein’s office asked the Bureau of State Investigation to review Meadows voter registration after a local prosecutor asked state authorities to oversee any investigation into the case, North Carolina Department of Justice spokeswoman Nazneen Ahmed said in an email.
“We have asked the SBI to investigate and at the end of the investigation we will review their findings,” Ahmed said.
In a letter Monday, Macon County District Attorney Ashley Welch asked the attorney general’s office to handle any Meadows voter registration investigation and said she would recuse herself from the case. She noted that Meadows, a former congressman from the area, helped her campaign for DA and appeared in political ads endorsing her.
She also said she had no knowledge of the case until it was reported in the media.
“Until the media contacted me, I was unaware of any allegations of voter fraud involving Mark Meadows,” she said.
Welch’s office released the letter Thursday and declined further comment.
A spokesperson for Meadows did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Thursday.
WRAL-TV first reported that state authorities are investigating Meadows voter registration.
Public records show Meadows is registered to vote in two states, including North Carolina, where he listed a mobile home he did not own as his legal residence weeks before voting in the 2020 presidential election.
Meadows listed a mobile home in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina as his physical address on September 19, 2020, when he was Trump’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C. Scaly Mountain is just north of the Georgia border and North Carolina and about 90 miles (145 km) west of Asheville.
Meadows then voted by mail for the general election. Trump won the battleground state by just over 1 percentage point.
The New Yorker, which first reported on the Meadows voter registration questions, interviewed the current and former owner of the Scaly Mountain property. The previous owner said the Meadows wife had rented the property “for two months at some point in the past few years” but had only spent one or two nights there. Neighbors said Meadows was never there, The New Yorker reported.
Public records show that Meadows registered to vote in Alexandria, Va., almost exactly a year after he registered at Scaly Mountain and just weeks before Virginia’s top-level gubernatorial election last fall.
Meadows frequently raised the prospect of voter fraud ahead of the 2020 presidential election as polls showed Trump trailing Joe Biden, and in the months following Trump’s defeat to suggest Biden was not the legitimate winner. He repeated those baseless claims that the election was stolen from his 2021 memoir.