Records show Charles Jeter voted twice in 2004 election

Published: Jul. 25, 2016 at 9:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2016 at 5:46 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Election records in North Carolina and South Carolina show former State Representative Charles Jeter voted twice in the 2004 presidential election.

On Your Side Investigates uncovered the documents on Monday, the same day Jeter announced he was resigning his seat in the legislature and would not be seeking re-election.

Records maintained by the South Carolina State Election Commission show Jeter voted in person at a precinct in Greer, SC on November 2, 2004.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections website shows Jeter also voted at a precinct in Huntersville, NC on November 2, 2004.

Under federal law, it is a felony to knowingly cast more than one ballot in a federal race. The 2004 ballot included the race for President of the United States.

Reached by phone Monday, Jeter said he did not vote twice.

"I certainly didn't vote in South Carolina that day," Jeter said. "I don't know why it shows I did. I wasn't there, I didn't vote then, I just don't understand why it would show that."

Jeter grew up in and attended college in South Carolina. He moved to Huntersville in 2001. Records show Jeter's 2004 vote was his first in North Carolina and his last in South Carolina.

"I'm certainly going to call down to the SC board of elections to see what I can find out," Jeter said.

Jeter was among a long list of Republican lawmakers who sponsored legislation in 2013 that required voters to provide photo identification at the polls and made other changes to the state's election laws.

Among the other changes in the bill was a provision that required the state to cross-check its voter rolls with other states to identify voters who may be ineligible to continue voting in North Carolina.

The South Carolina State Elections Commission took steps to verify whether Jeter actually voted in the 2004 general election in South Carolina following an On Your Side investigation.

A commission spokesman said the agency is pulling the election records from the precinct where Jeter reportedly cast a South Carolina ballot to determine whether he signed in as a voter. That process is expected to be complete by the end of the week.

JULY 27 UPDATE: Records show Charles Jeter 2004 'vote' marked in error

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