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SC election officials investigating whether Charles Jeter voted twice

Former State Rep. Charles Jeter of Huntersville speaks to the Cornelius Town Hall for an Interstate 77 in November 2015.
Former State Rep. Charles Jeter of Huntersville speaks to the Cornelius Town Hall for an Interstate 77 in November 2015. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Did Charles Jeter, who announced Monday that he’s resigning his N.C. House seat, vote twice in the 2004 presidential election?

The South Carolina State Election Commission said Tuesday it is retrieving its sign-up sheets from 12 years ago to see whether Jeter signed his name at his Greer polling place.

S.C. state records show Charles R. Jeter voted in-person in the November 2004 election at Buena Vista Elementary School in Greenville County.

The N.C. Board of Elections website shows Charles R. Jeter also voted in-person in the November 2004 election at Lake Forest Community Church in Huntersville.

Both Charles R. Jeters have the same birthday, according to the S.C. and N.C. records.

It’s a felony to knowingly vote twice in the same election.

Jeter, a Republican whose district stretches down the Catawba River from Huntersville to Lake Wylie, said he didn’t vote twice in the election, in which Republican President George W. Bush faced Democrat John Kerry.

“I certainly didn’t vote in South Carolina that day,” Jeter said in an interview with WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. “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.”

Chris Whitmire, a spokesperson for the S.C. State Election Commission, said the state’s record show Charles R. Jeter voted in that election. He said staff members are reviewing the logs from that election in which voters sign their name.

“It’s possible it could be in error,” Whitmire. “We are retrieving poll lists to verify.”

Jeter couldn’t be reached Tuesday.

In a statement Monday about his decision to leave the legislature, Jeter said he plans to remain involved, but that “the titles of husband and father are much greater and I must devote the time to my young family while I still have that opportunity.”

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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