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Clay Aiken withdraws Wake voter registration

Posted December 9, 2009

— Raleigh native and former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken has withdrawn his voter registration in Wake County, following a challenge to whether the singer is eligible to vote there.

Aiken sent a letter to the Wake County Board of Elections, which scheduled a meeting Wednesday to examine a complaint from Wake Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope.

Pope filed the complaint last month, after Aiken called candidates for the county school board "selfish idiots."  He has said the challenge isn't about Aiken's words but making sure people are lawfully registered.

Aiken was not in attendance at Wednesday's meeting, in which Pope testified that Aiken voted this fall in Raleigh after he bought a house in nearby Chatham County.

The Wake residence, where he was registered to vote, is owned by Aiken's mother, Faye Parker, Pope told the board, and although the Chatham home is owned by a trust, mortgage documents require it to be Aiken's principal residence.

In a blog entry posted Monday on his Web site, Aiken said he remained registered at the "permanent address that I've long used here in Wake County because I consider Raleigh home."

"While I believe my registration is perfectly valid, I've decided to change my registration from Wake County rather than get into a technical dispute," he wrote.

The elections board concluded that Aiken did vote improperly but that he has avoided any future problems by withdrawing his registration.

"Sometimes, people don't understand the law," board chair Sharon Everett said. "There was no intention of law-breaking. I think this should be over and done today."


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  • TigerFan91 Dec 10, 2009

    It never ceases to amaze me how cosmically stupid certain people are. "I consider Raleigh my home so I chose to vote in Wake County." Hey dummy, when you live in Chatham Co, you vote in Chatham Co. Makes you wonder how many other "people" vote in Wake Co. that have no business doing so.

  • donna7 Dec 9, 2009

    I have a remedy for Mr. Aiken's voting dilema: Buy my private 8 acre Wake County property Clay (more than what you have now), build a residence and move into it. Simple. (It's in the Leesville HS district.) You'd also be helping out the market in the area you still care about.

  • gordonbabe Dec 9, 2009

    I love this... for most of the comments on this board...

    "It's better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove fact."

    Better stick to singing Clay and check your voter registration next time before you open your mouth. Wake County.. grow up. If his registration and/or vote was illegal; fine. Throw it out, but don't get involved in this immature, back & forth 'he said, she said' mess.

  • North Carolina Home Dec 9, 2009

    Voting where you don't live is a story whether anybody likes it or not. Clay "what's his last name" ? isn't the story. If he does it, how many hundreds, thousands, possibly millions more did it in 2008? Voter fraud exists for real and until voters "GET IT", we will continue to have massive irregularities in the voting process. The end result...government by the dishonest people vs. government by the people.

  • Hey yuall Dec 9, 2009

    Clover...I guess you're one of the 'majority' of voters that put this mess in to office...might I remind you that we live in a county that needs to support ALL children...not just yours and the ones that want their kids nearby so they can have their segregated 'private' schools...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 9, 2009

    Wow! That was fast! Its gone! WRAL, please don't update this article again. Let this article and Clay slip back into nothingness where he belongs.

  • blueice Dec 9, 2009

    I agree with Vietnam Vet 110% of all the other news in the county and this is what we get lol

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 9, 2009

    Finally! This article is finally down in the Local News section, where we don't have to look at his sick picture anymore. Maybe by 10am tomorrow, this story will be totally off of the Home Page.

  • Clover Dec 9, 2009

    "If the current new board members set WCPSS backward after all that has been gained"


    After all that has been gained????

    Well, since the VAST majority of voters have cast their ballots to move in a new direction, it appears that many do not agree with you.

    WCPSS has done nothing but promote shenanigans to mask their problem test score numbers...shenanigans like the insane, constant redistricting of students.

  • Hey yuall Dec 9, 2009

    AMEN Scarlet!!!!! If the current new board members set WCPSS backward after all that has been gained then I concur with Mr. Aikin....selfish and idiotic...and YES, I am a registered Wake County voter!!!!!!!