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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman who was once the top nominee to fill a vacancy on the New Hanover County Commission is now not allowed to vote or hold public office in the county.

Tuesday the New Hanover County Board of Elections ruled that Melissa Gott does not live in the county and therefore is not a registered voter.

Gott was expected to defend her residency in New Hanover County, but decided against it. Her attorney, John Ferrante, spoke to the Board of Elections, calling the challenge frivolous.

“Ms. Gott has decided to save this board a long, drawn-out hearing,” Ferrante said. “This withdrawal of objection to the challenge should not be seen or perceived of admission that the challenge is valid.”

Gott was the Republican Party’s nominee to fill a vacant county commission seat, but was rejected after her New Hanover County residency was questioned.

Wilmington business owner Justin LaNasa was set to testify Tuesday to prove Gott does not live in the county and only uses her house at 602 Chestnut Street for work. In reaction to Ferrante’s statement, the Board of Elections unanimously ruled to uphold LaNasa’s challenge, meaning Gott is not a registered voter in the county.

“I believe she did the right thing, and hopefully there’s no little lawyer tricks involved where it comes back,” LaNasa said.

However, according to Elections Director Marvin McFadyen, Gott could still register to vote in New Hanover County this week and claim she has lived at the Wilmington address for at least 30 days.

“Because you’ve been removed from the records, a person can still meet the qualifications to register and vote based on what the law reads,” McFadyen said.

Folks who live around Gott’s house on Chestnut Street also showed up to the hearing. One neighbor WWAY spoke with says this is proof that Gott did not live at the house.


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  • ChefnSurf

    … one giant misstep for Rhonda Amoroso and the local GOP.

    It seems pretty apparent that Melissa Gott’s personal residence in not actually in New Hanover county. By continuing to insist it is, she’s opened herself up to all sorts of unintended consequences. For a smart person, that’s not very smart.

    It’s also pretty apparent that Rhonda Amoroso was aware of this as well. Ms. Amoroso then extended this travesty even further by inferring that this possibly was actually about discrimination against women or Hispanics. That was a truly despicable moment.

    If voters have any brains at all they’ll go out of their way to insure that both Gott and Amoroso are no longer included in any form of government leadership from this day forward. With all of the unproven liars already in politics, why include two who have already proven themselves to be so untruthful.

    If the local GOP organization has any brains at all, they’ll go out of their way to remove Amoroso from a leadership position. To do otherwise would place their entire organization under a cloud of voter mistrust which would ultimately compromise its effectiveness.

  • Guest2020

    If she is not abiding by the rules then she needs to be called on the carpet for it. If she does not meet the legal definition of what a New Hanover County resident is, then she is not eligible to serve as a County Commissioner. If she doesn’t meet the NH County Board of Elections’ requirements for voter registration, then she doesn’t need to be registered in NH County. If her children do not reside in New Hanover County then they shouldn’t be allowed to go to school there.

    It seems to me that regardless of the motives, that if the truth has come out it doesn’t matter that much who started it.

  • Hiiiiiiiiiiii!!!

    by unattractive Democratic, liberal women and their, ahem, “men,” to attack her because she’s hot. The unattractive Democrat women are being catty because most of them have to go through life looking that dude from MSNBC, I think his name is Rachel Maddow? Sometimes it is tough being the hot, popular girl.

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