Myth of â€˜141% turnout’ in St. Lucie County, Fla., persists
Twitchy debunked this bogus rumor on Saturday, but the myth won’t die:
St. Lucie county had 141% voter turnout. It’s a miracle!
— Andrew Moorehead (@bleakgh) November 13, 2012
BREAKING: St. Lucie County, Florida Had 141.1% Turnout; Obama Won County. More votes than registered voters. Invalidate the election!
— John Doe (@tldrshp) November 12, 2012
— New Kosher Meat (@NewKosherMeat) November 12, 2012
If there was 141% turnout in St. Lucie Co, the Supervisor should be suspended, results thrown out & an Grand Jury investigation! @allenwest
— I ♥ Florida (@Fla67) November 12, 2012
141% turn out in St. Lucie County ,Fl ???Can someone say #VOTERFRAUD !!!
— Elbie Forehand (@manateenative) November 12, 2012
How can anyone say that the FL vote is fair for Rep Allen West when 141 % voted in St. Lucie. Can you say double votes? He want it fair.
— David Rails (@MyNews4You) November 12, 2012
141% of the vote in St. Lucie Florida went to Obama and not one person voted for Romney, what are the odds?
— Patriot (@patriot112) November 12, 2012
There are literally hundreds more. And that’s just on Twitter. The rumor is also being spread on Facebook, blogs, and Internet message boards.
Voter turnout in St. Lucie County, Fla., was not 141 percent. The confusion arose because uninformed people mistakenly conflated the number of “cards cast” (the number of ballot pages submitted by voters) with the number of voters. Since most voters submitted two ballot pages, voter turnout in in St. Lucie County was roughly half the number of cards cast. Thus, turnout was roughly 70-71 percent, not 141 percent.
Let me repeat: THERE WAS NOT 141% TURNOUT IN ST LUCIE CTY. Each ballot cast was “two cards”. #sayfie
— Jacob Perry (@jacobperry) November 10, 2012
.@stauber No it doesn’t, it says “cards cast”. Each ballot consisted of two cards b/c of length. # of reg voters / by cards cast = 141%
— Jacob Perry (@jacobperry) November 13, 2012
We are glad people are concerned about the integrity of our electoral system, but we hope conservatives will stop spreading misinformation about what happened in St. Lucie County.