State News

Wake Republican challenges Aiken's registration

Posted November 20, 2009 6:33 p.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2009 11:45 a.m. EST

— The head of the Republican Party in Wake County wants election officials to check on Clay Aiken's registration after a political outburst.

Wake GOP Chairman Claude Pope filed a complaint Friday challenging whether the former "American Idol" runner-up can vote lawfully in the county.

Records show Aiken voted last month using the address of his mother's home in Raleigh, where he once lived. He now has a house in nearby Chatham County.

Aiken blogged last week that candidates who won Wake County school board elections are "selfish idiots" who may ruin the school system.

Pope said the challenge isn't about Aiken's words but making sure people are lawfully registered.

An Aiken publicist didn't return a phone call seeking comment.