GOP Chair Charlie Webster Press Release Contains Outrageous Claims

Posted on June 30, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Here is the press release, via Dirigo Blue. Click here to read the post, including details of a conversation between DB’s Gerald Weinand and Webster.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:
Charlie Webster,
Chairman,
Maine Republican Party
207-622-6247BUYING VOTES AND FLOODING POLLS: LIBERAL COALITION PAYING FOR PETITION SIGNATURES

Group Paying $550 a Week to Workers to Fight Crackdown on Poll-Flooding

AUGUSTA – A coalition of liberal interest groups is paying workers up to $550 a week to gather signatures for a petition to get a ‘people’s veto’ on November’s ballot, according to recent emails. The group, which includes the ultra-liberal Maine People’s Alliance (Maine’s version of ACORN) and the state-funded group Opportunity Maine, is using cold, hard cash to maintain their ability to tilt elections in their favor.

“We all know that these liberal special interest groups have been playing games with Maine elections for a long time,” said Maine Republican Party Chair Charlie Webster. “Now we see they have become so desperate that they’re trying to buy their way onto the ballot.”

Liberal groups are attempting to use the referendum process to end efforts to stabilize Maine’s electoral process through LD1376.  They obviously object to the bill because it would eliminate their ability to flood polling places with same-day registrants, a tactic used by Democrats to reduce the ability of election clerks to ensure the validity of voters’ residence.

“Democrats have made poll-flooding a regular part of their election day gameplan,” continued Webster. “We have all seen the buses pulling up to the polling places, displacing Maine voters with people from who-knows-where. LD 1376 ends this malicious practice by requiring voters to register a mere two days prior to an election. Poll-flooding disenfranchises Maine voters, and it has no place in Maine politics.”

The facts show that Maine is among a very small minority of states that allow same day voting. The reason is simple – poll-flooding results in a higher percentage of voter fraud and abuse. Both New York and Massachusetts require voters to register at least 20 days prior to an election.

“$525 a week is a lot of money to the average working Mainer, ” said Webster. “It’s amazing to me that these groups, some who actually receive taxpayer funding, would honestly believe that Maine people would want to repeal legislation that finally addresses abuses within our election system.

“Maine’s working people expect our politicians to support fair elections. Eliminating the practice of poll-flooding will protect the integrity of our voting process.”

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