Mark Meadows Caught Registering To Vote In Unoccupied Motor-Home

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Former Republican Congressman — and former Trump chief of staff — Mark Meadows has been caught in potential fraud relating to his voter registration, a new report explains. He registered to vote in North Carolina with an address where he’s apparently never lived and — according to people close to the property — has never even stayed the night, despite the fact that voter registrations are supposed to utilize places where voters actually live. Meadows and his wife, Debbie, listed this address — in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina — on their voter registrations ahead of the 2020 presidential election, and according to a local elections authority, the registrations are still active, although the Meadowses have since purchased a property in South Carolina.

Neither Mark nor Debbie have ever owned the property, it seems. The duo appears to have first connected with the place via “Debbie Meadows, who, according to the former owner, reserved the house for two months at some point within the past few years—she couldn’t remember exactly when—but only spent one or two nights there,” The New Yorker says. Although the former owner wasn’t there for the time that members of the Meadows family were around — the couple’s kids also apparently showed up, she indicated (apparently based on info from neighbors) that Mark never stayed at the residence. Charles Bethea, writing for The New Yorker, connected with one of those neighbors — Tammy Talley, who identified herself as a friend of Mark and Debbie, and this individual did not appear to indicate any knowledge of Mark ever staying there.

Attorney Gerry Cohen, who worked on formulating the legal provisions in North Carolina that allow for candidates or other voters to challenge a voter’s claimed place of residence, explained to Bethea that voter registrations have to list so-called places of abode, and according to Cohen, if “Debra Meadows stayed there a single night, and Mark Meadows didn’t stay there, then he didn’t meet the abode test” — suggesting potential registration fraud. Cohen referenced various documents listing an address that could legally establish a place of abode, but according to the former owner of the place that Debbie rented, the property didn’t even have a mailbox — so the idea that the Meadows family received official documents to the property and thereby appropriately used it as their place of abode for the purposes of voter registration seems doubtful. One notable element of this story, of course, is that Meadows has been among the Trump allies promoting false claims that voter fraud affected the 2020 presidential election. Read more here.