Ex-Trump official voted twice in the 2016 presidential primary

A former Trump administration official, who is now running himself for Congress in New Hampshire, voted in two different Republican primaries in two states during Donald Trump’s first inauguration in 2016, the Associated Press reported.

Some legal experts say the New Hampshire congressional candidate may even have violated federal election laws.

In a separate case formerly involving a former Trump adviser this month, the New Yorker unearthed evidence that suggested former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows may have committed voter fraud himself after they found he was staying to vote in a remote North Carolina trailer he had never stayed in had registered.

The Associated Press revealed that Mr. Mowers, the leading Republican primary candidate in his New Hampshire race, cast a mail ballot during the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary while he was in New Jersey working on Gov. Chris Christie’s failed presidential nomination.

Four months later, the news agency found documents showing Mr Mowers had voted again, but this time in New Jersey, using his parents’ address to re-register in his home state.

Legal experts told the AP that what Mr. Mowers committed during the 2016 presidential primary could violate a federal law that clearly states that voting more than once in any type of election is illegal.

This recently publicized action by the hopeful New Hampshire Congress puts the former adviser to Mr Trump, who later held a senior position at the State Department, in an awkward position as his party continues to push for tougher election laws.

Alleged voter fraud was widely scorned by the former president and his team as they campaigned to have their result rejected in the weeks following the November 2020 election.

Those voter fraud theories propagated by the Trump administration team, which have since been debunked or remain entirely unfounded, included everything from a dead voter scheme to Sharpie gates to fabricated claims that ballots were even burned at polling stations.

Sharpie Gatea conspiracy drawn out and amplified by pro-Trump tweeters was a bogus claim claiming Sharpies were being distributed in pro-Republican areas of swing states to try to win the right-leaning, and presumably Trump, voter base to spoil.

Sharpie pens, they claimed, could not be read on voting machines. This theory gained so much traction that prominent Trump supporter Matt Schlapp, a lobbyist and chairman of the American Conservative Union, backed the false Sharpie claims to his own Twitter fanbase.

“Apparently the use of Sharpie pens in Gop counties causes ballots to be voided,” read Mr Schlapp’s tweet, which received thousands of retweets. “Could be a large number of mainly Trump supporters.”

Officials from Maricopa County, Arizona were then forced to come out and publicly refute the allegation to reassure voters that the permanent markers will not invalidate ballots.

The revelation that the Republican nominee appears to have voted twice in the primary also follows prominent cases across the US that are drawing attention to the racial disparities faced by black voters who inadvertently break election laws compared to their white counterparts.

last august, The Independent reported on how Crystal Mason, a black woman living in Texas who voted during the probationary period but claimed she was unaware she was ineligible to vote, was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the local voting code.

While Bruce Bartman, a white man who pleaded guilty to perjury and illegal voting in the 2020 election after pretending to be his dead mother to cast an extra vote, was sentenced to only five years probation after he had been found guilty.

The Associated Press solicited comment from Mr. Mower’s campaign but declined to make him available for an interview, the agency reported, but his spokesman provided a quote that referred to the Republican nominee’s work for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign .

“Matt was proud to work for President Trump as the GOP establishment worked to undermine his nomination,” John Corbett told the Associated Press. “Matt made a career move and was able to compete in the primary in support of President Trump and serve as a delegate at a critical time for the Republican Party and the country.”

The Associated Press acknowledged that Mr Mowers is unlikely to be prosecuted for this violation because the statute of limitations has expired and it is, according to the National Conference of state legislators who are pursuing the issue.

With reports from the Associated Press.

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