By now it’s been thoroughly established that the Maine Republican caucus, and the caucus environment in general, is a clusterfuck, but this particular bit of information is far too ridiculous to ignore.
“We have worked diligently to contact town chairmen throughout Maine to reconfirm the results of their individual caucuses. These totals once confirmed will be posted on the Maine Republican Party website,” state party chairman Charlie Webster said in a statement.
Politico is reporting that Webster said there were “clerical errors” in counting the results, such as some votes weren’t included because they were in e-mails that went to spam.
The votes went to the goddamn spam folder!
I understand that vote totals are sometimes communicated via email here in the 21st century, but the spam folder!? What this tells me is that vote totals were exchanged using personal email accounts rather than state issued or party issued email accounts, because there’s no reason such accounts would mark fellow accounts as spam.
It can’t be overstated how irresponsible and just plain stupid this is.