State GOP Leader Suspects Voter Fraud Because "Dozens Of Black People Voted"

Owen Poindexter
The chairman of the Maine Republican Party suspects voter fraud in the most recent election because "Dozens of black people voted" in several rural Maine towns. Yeah.

Well here's a doozy: Charlie Webster, the chariman of the Republican Party in Maine announced that he suspected voter fraud occured in "several rural Maine towns" because "there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted....No one knows anyone who's black. How did that happen? I don't know. We're going to find out."

Yes, Maine does have one of the smallest black populations in the country, 1.3% according to Think Progress. However, given that the state has over 1.3 million people, that still means there are around 17,000 black people in the state of Maine. Or in Webster's terms, over 1,400 dozen. Surely some of those dozens are located in rural towns?

And forget all that for a moment: what kind of conspiracy does Webster have in mind? It wouldn't make any sense to try and influence the presidential or senate race in Maine--neither were close. So apparently this conspiracy would have to involve a local politician who can somehow find "dozens of black people," who are willing for some reason to travel to rural Maine to commit voter fraud. Good luck with your investigation Mr. Webster.