Binders Full of Black Voters!
No, the head of Maine’s Republican party, Charlie Webster, isn’t claiming vote fraud because “only” dozens of black people voted in some towns. He’s claiming it because “dozens” of African-Americans voting is a few dozen too many, in his humble opinion.
“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.”
Now, granted, Maine’s black population totals 15,707, per the 2010 census. But so what? It’s not possible that a good Democratic get out the vote effort got more Maine African-Americans to the polls this election?
Not to mention, if Maine is so historically white, why would Democrats truck a bunch of black people in to try to steal the vote? Wouldn’t they use someone more Maine-y?
Look, there’s always a possibility of vote fraud in any election. But why not consider the opposite possibility. That more blacks than ever registered and voted? A recent NAACP analysis showed that 6 million African-Americans nationwide were eligible to vote but not registered. Judging by the historic turnout in black voters nationwide this election, it’s entirely possible that the same thing that inspired black voters nationally (good Obama and bad Romney), inspired them locally in Maine as well.
After all, keep in mind that Mitt Romney was getting zero percent of the black vote in some surveys before the election. That suggests a community that was rather focused this election.
Lions and Tigers and Blacks, Oh My!
Webster is undeterred:
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.
Webster, however, remains unconvinced.