Clay Aiken changing registration

Singer Clay Aiken

December 9, 2009 5:40:49 PM PST
Raleigh native Clay Aiken says he won't fight an effort to block him from voting in Wake County.

Shortly after the election that brought in a slate of candidates dedicated to overturning the district's diversity policy, the singer called new school board members "idiots" on his blog.

The Wake County GOP challenged his right to vote weeks later - saying he's not a legal Wake County resident. Aiken has a home in Chatham County.

In a statement Tuesday, Aiken says he considers his registration valid, but will change it to avoid a "technical" dispute.

"It just goes to show the lengths some folks will go to silence an opposing view," he said in a statement. "But, rest assured, this attack on my voter registration will not silence me. I will join other concerned citizens in speaking truth to those who would reverse decades of progress in Wake County schools."

A hearing on Aiken's voting status went ahead Wednesday in Raleigh without him. The board found probable cause that Aiken is not eligible to vote in Wake County, but found it unnecessary to move forward with punishment because of his letter to withdraw his voter registration.

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