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SC Election Commission: Charles Jeter did not vote twice in 2004 election

The S.C. State Election Commission said Wednesday that Charles Jeter did not vote twice in the November 2004 election.
The S.C. State Election Commission said Wednesday that Charles Jeter did not vote twice in the November 2004 election. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Former N.C. Rep. Charles Jeter did not vote twice in the November 2004 election, the South Carolina State Election Commission said Wednesday.

Chris Whitmire, a spokesperson for the commission, said officials reviewed records from that election, including voters’ signatures.

While state records show Charles Jeter voted in person in Greenville County, the state found that the actual signature attached to that vote is from Helen B. Jeter.

The state believes that Charles Jeter’s mother, Helen Jeter, voted that day. But her signature was apparently recorded under her son’s name.

“The poll manager made a mistake and should have dropped down to the next line to mark Helen B. Jeter,” Whitmire said.

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

Jeter said Wednesday he’s glad the issue is settled.

“I knew I hadn’t voted twice in 2004,” he said.

Jeter is a Republican whose former district stretches down the Catawba River from Huntersville to Lake Wylie. Jeter made a surprise announcement Monday that he was resigning from the seat, four months before the November election.

He said Wednesday he left the seat to spend more time with his family.

“I have legitimate family issues that have popped up,” he said. “I can’t campaign for 60 hours a week.”

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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