‘Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is once again alleging possible voting irregularities, this time claiming that groups of unknown black people showed up in some rural towns to vote on Election Day’.
“In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day,” he said. “Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in (these) towns knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out.”
‘When Carrigan pressed Webster on where it happened, Webster provided no specifics or proof of his claims, but said the party would investigate further’.
‘When asked about the issue in an interview Wednesday with the Portland Press Herald, Webster again refused to provide specifics’.
‘He said his point is not that the new voters were black, but that they were not recognized by town officials’.
“I’m not talking about 15 or 20. I’m talking hundreds,” he said Wednesday. “I’m not politically correct and maybe I shouldn’t have said these voters were black, but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that’s sleazy.”
‘Megan Sanborn, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Charlie Summers, said Summers was shocked when he watched the video of the interview on WCSH’.
“Our office has not heard any complaints about Election Day,” Sanborn said. “Secretary Summers jealously guards the right of everyone to vote and feels that they should.”
“The only troubling thing is that Webster still believes in this garbage and that people still believe him,” Grant said. “The issue of voter fraud has been thoroughly vetted. His party suffers this huge loss and his response is not to reflect or go quietly, but to continue with fear-mongering and blame.”
‘Webster, a former lawmaker from Farmington who has said he will step down as party chairman when his term ends in December, has made similar claims in the past’.
‘He has long complained that Maine elections are too loose and open to voter fraud’.
‘Last year, he targeted college students when he alleged that more than 200 had voted in recent elections without establishing residency in the places where they voted’.
‘The Secretary of State’s Office reviewed Webster’s allegations and found no instances of fraud’.
From : http://www.pressherald.com/politics/Maine-Republican-chairman-questions-black-voters-.html