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GreenPartyVoter

(72,427 posts)
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 12:36 PM Oct 2016

"After winning two elections, LePage said voting system in Maine is illegitimate"

Source: Bangordailynews.com

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage has joined Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in calling elections in Maine and the United States illegitimate.

During his weekly Tuesday morning phone chat on WVOM radio, LePage said that as long as Maine doesn’t require voters to provide identification, the system cannot be trusted.

“I am not confident that we are going to have a clean election in Maine,” said LePage in response to a question from the hosts, who introduced it by noting that LePage has won two statewide elections under the same system he now questions. “The Democratic Party insists on not having IDs. Will people from the cemetery be voting? Yes, all around the country. The media and the Democratic Party want everyone to vote, whether they’re citizens or not.”

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Read more: http://stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com/2016/10/18/after-winning-two-elections-lepage-said-voting-system-in-maine-is-illegitimate/



Dear God, I hate my Governor!
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"After winning two elections, LePage said voting system in Maine is illegitimate" (Original Post) GreenPartyVoter Oct 2016 OP
People of Maine, throw off your illegitimate ruler! March on your Capital! Throw the bum out. TeamPooka Oct 2016 #1
I'm now picturing Che with a Maine accent saying "You Must Be Of Use"... Ken Burch Oct 2016 #30
Sure is, racist fuckwizz's should not be candidates Foggyhill Oct 2016 #2
Nutbag. nt onehandle Oct 2016 #3
He may have a point. ChairmanAgnostic Oct 2016 #4
You beat me to it. Maybe he didn't really win? They should check. Laser102 Oct 2016 #25
Republicans ALWAYS want it BOTH ways HAB911 Oct 2016 #5
Soooo, the GOP is Bi? ChairmanAgnostic Oct 2016 #26
I wish awoke_in_2003 Oct 2016 #32
If the voters in Maine are smart they will vote for proposal 5 on this ballot. It's for RCV. Snotcicles Oct 2016 #6
You know I will be voting for it. Hubby too! GreenPartyVoter Oct 2016 #7
You guys are so lucky. I wish we were voting on it here in Michigan. nt Snotcicles Oct 2016 #11
Hopefully we will all get something better than plurality voting someday! GreenPartyVoter Oct 2016 #21
absolutely voting for it! n/t mainer Oct 2016 #12
I have racked my brain to try and figure out why anybody would not want this option. Snotcicles Oct 2016 #14
Arguments against includei GreenPartyVoter Oct 2016 #15
How did this guy win? DrToast Oct 2016 #8
The Left split the vote both times, but we are trying to get ranked choice voting passed GreenPartyVoter Oct 2016 #9
Wouldn't an instant runoff system make more sense? SwankyXomb Oct 2016 #18
Same thing in this case. :^) GreenPartyVoter Oct 2016 #19
Louisiana has something similar and it's a disaster jmowreader Oct 2016 #28
Then he's not legit. Historic NY Oct 2016 #10
This message was self-deleted by its author kestrel91316 Oct 2016 #13
They way this works is Zing Zing Zingbah Oct 2016 #31
Well that would explain things up in Maine. PaulRevere08 Oct 2016 #16
He's the perfect poster boy for the perils of third party voting. tenderfoot Oct 2016 #17
In a plurality election, hence the push for election reform! GreenPartyVoter Oct 2016 #20
IDIOT Angry Dragon Oct 2016 #22
Er...WTF? Rex Oct 2016 #23
I echo your hate for LePage, TWICE, argh. downeastdaniel Oct 2016 #24
He's an effin' idjit. Gormy Cuss Oct 2016 #27
Thank Eliot Cutler for that disaster jmowreader Oct 2016 #29
 

Ken Burch

(50,254 posts)
30. I'm now picturing Che with a Maine accent saying "You Must Be Of Use"...
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 07:40 PM
Oct 2016

"Arise, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England!".

...In beret and lobsterman's gear.

ChairmanAgnostic

(28,017 posts)
4. He may have a point.
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 01:11 PM
Oct 2016

After all, he did win twice. Sure sound illegitimate to mois.

LePig threatened to quit several times, didn't he? And he chickened out each time, knowing that he would be hard pressed to get a job in the real whirled?

 

Snotcicles

(9,089 posts)
6. If the voters in Maine are smart they will vote for proposal 5 on this ballot. It's for RCV.
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 01:14 PM
Oct 2016

Ranked-choice voting in all its elections.

 

Snotcicles

(9,089 posts)
14. I have racked my brain to try and figure out why anybody would not want this option.
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 01:55 PM
Oct 2016

Still don't have an answer.

GreenPartyVoter

(72,427 posts)
15. Arguments against includei
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 02:01 PM
Oct 2016

It's too hard! It takes too long to count! It costs too much!

More legitimately, it does still have flaws. The strategic "voting against the worst candidate" and vote splitting are still potentially a problem.

GreenPartyVoter

(72,427 posts)
9. The Left split the vote both times, but we are trying to get ranked choice voting passed
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 01:19 PM
Oct 2016

to help with this problem.

SwankyXomb

(2,030 posts)
18. Wouldn't an instant runoff system make more sense?
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 04:02 PM
Oct 2016

If no one gets 50%+1, the top 2 go at it again in a few weeks. Probably would have saved Mainers a lot of grief over the last 8 years.

jmowreader

(50,726 posts)
28. Louisiana has something similar and it's a disaster
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 07:35 PM
Oct 2016

What works really well is the Washington system: only the top two candidates, regardless of party, in the primary election go on to the general. This has put two Republicans on the general election ballot several times, but it beats the hell out of letting spoiler candidates put unmitigated disasters like Paul Le Page in office.

Response to GreenPartyVoter (Original post)

Zing Zing Zingbah

(6,496 posts)
31. They way this works is
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 07:56 PM
Oct 2016

LePage uses his governorship as a bully pulpit to say whatever stupid shit he wants. He doesn't have to provide any details. It is just shit from his head supported by anecdotal evidence or nothing at all. He says stupid shit just about every day. It's how he reminds us all that he is still alive and still an asshole.

Gormy Cuss

(30,884 posts)
27. He's an effin' idjit.
Tue Oct 18, 2016, 06:26 PM
Oct 2016

I'll never understand why anyone voted for him the second time.

Do I still have time to register all my dead formerly Democratic relatives in Calvary cemetery in South Portland? They were mostly those immigrants who came to America to steal our jobs.

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