AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage is telling state legislators he will rubber-stamp their election certification certificates, despite his concerns about the accuracy of the state’s official results.
LePage is questioning the results approving marijuana legalization, a minimum wage hike and an income surtax to fund schools. He has claimed that voters didn’t understand the specifics of the ballot questions. The governor has also said that Maine would verify if college students lawfully voted, and recently said that no ID requirement for voting means “people from the cemetery” would vote. LePage provided no evidence to back up his claims.
Democratic lawmakers are criticizing the governor for casting doubt on the integrity of election results certified by the Democratic Secretary of State without providing any evidence.
LePage made the comments even as Republicans maintained a Congressional seat and narrow control of the state Senate, as well as gaining state House seats.