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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-21-09 03:58 PM
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North Carolina GOP contests Clay Aiken vote
We're so petty in the South, sheesh.

GOP contests Aiken vote
RALEIGH -- The Wake County Republican Party on Friday challenged pop singer Clay Aiken's vote in this fall's school board elections, prompting a hearing that could strip him of his registration.

The "American Idol" runner-up and graduate of Leesville Road High in Raleigh last week lambasted the victorious GOP-backed school board candidates as "selfish idiots."

Party Chairman Claude Pope said, however, the party's move is not meant to retaliate against Aiken, and should not be taken as a criticism of his comments. Rather, he said, the challenge is intended to wipe out confusion about voting laws. Aiken lives in a Chatham County mansion but remains on Wake's voting rolls at his mother's Raleigh address - the precinct where he voted in October.

"We're not looking to throw him in jail or anything," Pope said. "We just want him to be properly registered. He lives in Chatham County. He's got freedom of speech. He can speak whatever he wants to say."
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Democratic strategist Perry Woods, who worked with several losing candidates' campaigns, said Aiken is likely in the clear. As long as he didn't vote in Chatham County, Woods said, he can name his mother's house as a permanent residence and be in the clear.
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Woods suggested other motives for Pope's challenge.

"It smacks of politics and sour grapes and sore winners," he said. "You guys won. Really? It is within their purview to challenge any voter, but I'm hard-pressed to imagine they would have done so if he hadn't expressed his opinion."
...more at the link

http://www.newsobserver.com/home/story/203381.html
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-21-09 04:01 PM
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1. Interesting. n/t
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-21-09 04:01 PM
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2. Shouldn't he just hire
Ann Coulter's lawyer?
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-21-09 04:30 PM
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3. How can they stop his vote when Coulter
was allowed to vote in a different from where she lived where she wasn't ever registered. I know the state was Florida. But a vote is a federal thing. So if they stop one person why not Coulter.
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-21-09 06:38 PM
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4. I think this is easy to figure out.
That guy has so many stalker fans and haters swirling around him that I'd bet he puts his mother's address on his voter registration to keep his actual address from being public information. You can get voter registration information online.

I read that article and the thing that jumped out at me is that he was voting in a municipal election and you just know there weren't many people at the polls. They should be glad he was civic-minded enough to vote. Seem he's being jumped on because he wrote in a blog that the segregationist school board members in Raleigh are "idiots". The Republicans don't like that! Maybe Aiken should have just called them "Nazis" since they obviously think that's an appropriate epithet. Anyway, the whole thing smacks of homophobia to me.
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