VIDEO-- Maine GOP chairman on black voters: "Nobody in town knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen?"


"In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day. Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who’s black. How did it happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out. I think it's a problem."

You heard that right, the chief Republican poo-bah in Maine finds it odd that mystery "blah people" in rural Maine turned out to vote. Why, those pesky "urban" voters! Who do they think they are, and where do they get off thinking they can cast ballots like white people? How dare they? WHO are they? Where'd they come from?


Besides, everyone who's anyone knows that President Obama got black people to vote by giving them all kinds of free “gifts” or they'd never have turned out. He "wooed" them! With free stuff!

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And whoa Nelly! Justwaitaminutethere! Maine's not 100% lily white? Why didn't anyone notify GOP state chairman Charlie Webster?!

Think Progress:

GOP state chairman Charlie Webster aims to find those who committed the alleged fraud fraud by sending thank you cards to voters, and seeing if they are returned to sender... [A]nd having a piece of mail bounce back is not proof that voters intentionally lied about their address.

UPDATE via Tagean. Here's his defense. Oy:

Said Webster: "There's nothing about me that would be discriminatory. I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy. He's a great friend of mine. Nobody would ever accuse me of suggesting anything."

Again: Voter I.D. fraud is nearly non-existent, and, of course, the GOP-generated Voter I.D. laws affect mostly Democratic voters.

  • Marina Delune

    I'm a Mainer, and a Democrat, and the truth is, we are pretty much lily white (we're both the oldest and the whitest state in the country, something like 98.9% white. Vermont is second in both categories.)

    I live in a city of 6700 (and yes, in Maine, 6700 can be a city), and my little town is one of the most cosmopolitan towns in Maine. I see a black person downtown maybe once or twice a week. If I lived in a rural town, and dozens of black people were coming in to vote, something would definitely be up. The thing is, everybody really does know everyone else in town. A few black people doing same day voter registration in a small town would raise some major eyebrows.

    So I don't know whether the chairman was just making things up, or what. The idea of black people being bussed into Maine to vote for Obama or Democrats is ludicrous- Maine was never at any risk of going for Romney. 

    On a completely different note, I met a black couple who had moved to my town a couple of weeks before the election. They did not realize we have same day voter registration here, and they had applied for an absentee ballot from Florida, where they had moved from. The ballot never came, so they decided to fly back to Florida to vote in person.

    When I told them that they could vote here in Maine, they told me that I didn't get it- that the state of Florida was trying to cheat them out of their vote, and even if it meant that they would have to stay in line all day, they weren't going to let the state of Florida get away with stealing their vote. I think voter suppression efforts in Florida and Ohio actually drove up the rate of voter participation.