141% voter turnout in St. Lucie County? I smell fraud all over the place!—
James Matthew Kardys (@DaKardii) November 13, 2012
Twitchy debunked this bogus rumor on Saturday, but the myth won’t die:
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.
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.