Binders full of black voters terrorize GOP in Maine

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.

From the Press Herald:

“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.

 Yeah, thought so.  Someone sees binders full of black folk cheating every election.  And while the black population is small in Maine, the population in Maine overall is also small.  And getting just a small portion of unregistered black voters registered could make a big difference in smaller towns in Maine, as it has across America.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7PA657V5NK5XZJKZHUIXIH5NNA Ja

    If you knew only a dozen lived in town, but 30 voted, you would not be suspicous? Crying racism is sleazy of you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7PA657V5NK5XZJKZHUIXIH5NNA Ja

    It does sound like fraud, to diminish the accusation with sarcasm is doing no one any good.

  • Italian Hoagie

    I moved to Maine from Philadelphia. It’s startlingly blue eyed white in Maine. I was told by a young adult female Mainer, that because I was of Italian ancestry, that I was not white. They eat Italians in Maine.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Did he ask his black basketball friend he plays with weekly if any of his kind voted?

    “I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/11/15/1194481/maine-gop-dozens-black-voters/

  • hollywoodstein

    Blah people are invisible in Maine until they show up on election day to vote.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    This idiot might have more credibility if he first said “I am a racist pig and a paranoid lemming but…”

  • EdA

    “The Secretary of State’s Office reviewed Webster’s allegations and found no instances of fraud.”

    It should be noted that Maine’s Secretary of State, Charlie Summers, is a Republican and even a Tea Totalitarian.

  • Dan E

    How can they be so surprised? When asked, all these people have always explained that “some of [their] best friends are black!”

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    I just love the fact that Republicans are paying for my socialized benefits: Medicare, Social Security, schooling, infra structure and much much more.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Ah, the raw stench of naked racism, because that’s exactly what this is.

    Maybe we should send Mr. Webster copies of this book:

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Heck, I don’t think I know hardly anybody living in all those Red states that allegedly threw their EVs to Romney, and those few I do know are Dems or independents. How do we know those GOP votes were legit? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

  • Naja pallida

    What this tells me is that it must be very isolating to be a black family living in Maine, where you’re surrounded by racism, and the people don’t even want to acknowledge your existence. They don’t even stop to consider that the Republican’s choice of running Whitey McWhitewash on a platform of “minorities and poor people can go fuck themselves”, who belongs to a religion with not just a history of racial intolerance, but a scripture that is very clear on the subject, might actually encourage black voters – even those who have otherwise had very little interest in voting before – to get out and vote against them?

  • jixter

    That term, “from away” was used on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, too, by the old codfish population, in general, and particularly so among the Portuguese community on the Lower Cape when they held tight political reins in Provincetown up to the late 1980’s.

    It’s often been said – and there may be some large degree of truth to it – that, in general, Northerners are cold on the outside and warm inside and Southerners, the opposite. It may take a little while for Northerners to “warm up” to a newcomer “from away”, but when the ice cracks, you’re in.

  • Naja pallida

    In this particular case, I think the racist is outweighing the paranoid and crazy for once.

  • Naja pallida

    Yeah, in the same way one can see Russia from their house. I’m not so sure his religious prophecy had that kind of legacy in mind.

  • BlueIdaho

    I worked in Maine on a project for a year. It didn’t matter it you were white, black or brown if you were “from away” it was difficult to get Mainers to get to know you and eventually trust you. They were not being racist, its just how Mainers live. I did my job and left without developing any close relationships with the locals and that’s how they wanted it.

  • GoBlue

    “Severely conservative,” “binders full of [name one],” “47 percent,” “the trees are the right height” — if Mittens never reached the presidency, at least he’s left a lasting mark on the national political lexicon.

  • Papa Bear

    :-D

  • Hue-Man

    It’s a good thing one of them didn’t stand around a polling station or it would have been on Fox News, non-stop as Black Panther voter intimidation! The TeaParty/GOP must have learned this approach to uncovering voter fraud from “Fire, Aim, Ready” Bush Lite – don’t let the facts get the way of a good story.

  • nicho

    I don’t know any Republicans, but there were hundreds of them voting in my precinct. Did they bus them in?

  • Greg

    “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.” So… you’re going to get to know the black people who live in your area that none of the whites socialize with or even know about? Great!

  • DavidChicago

    I lived in a small village in Maine for 12 years. There were several African Americans even then. In the absence of compelling evidence of voter fraud, this complaint sounds like a combination of racism and exaggeration. At least in my experience, Maine was quite racist outside of the urban center in the South. It was very Mainelike racism — quiet and mostly not spoken — but it was there.

  • mirror

    …and racist.

  • ComradeRutherford

    After the 2010 election one of those crackpots, it may be the same guy, said that the proof that there is fraud in the election is simply because Democrats were able to vote. All Democratic votes are fraudulent on their face to this guy. Only Republican ballots are valid and genuine.

  • NotFunnyMitt

    Putting together a handy guide to help the GOP in Maine identify potential in-person voter fraud:

    http://www.tumblr.com/blog/dozensofblackpeople

    http://www.DozensOfBlackPeople.com

  • Quilla

    “Binders of Black People” is a great name for a band.

  • milli2

    I live in rural Maine, and there are more African Americans REALLY moving into the area! No voter fraud, no trickery, just people looking for new home. OMG, the republicans are paranoid and crazy.

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