Joseph Farah and many others are screaming “voter fraud!” based on some easily debunked numbers, though it’s clear they haven’t even tried to check them out. For example, they’re claiming that in St. Lucie County, Florida, there were more ballots cast than eligible voters:
Out of 175,554 registered voters, 247,713 vote cards were cast in St. Lucie County, Florida on Tuesday. Barack Obama won the county.
When faced with the astronomical figures, Gertrude Walker, Supervisor of Elections for St. Lucie County, said she had no idea why turnout was so incredibly high. She was flabbergasted, saying, “We’ve never seen that here.”
Yeah. Now look at the article he links to and what it actually says:
70.7% of the district’s 175,552 registered voters cast their ballots in the election. That’s a lower percentage than the 2008 election, which saw 77% of registered voters cast ballots. Walker had originally predicted 80% of voters would turn out.
And then look at the actual voting results for the county. The number for “cards cast” is not the same as the number of ballots turned in and votes recorded. That’s because the ballot was two pages long, so the number of cards cast is twice the number of ballots. If they’d just looked at those numbers they would see that 123,591 votes were cast for president out of 175,554 eligible voters. That’s 70.4%. Gee, that’s almost exactly half of 141%, isn’t it? Reading isn’t the only thing that’s fundamental; thinking is too.
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