The myth of 141% turnout in St. Lucie County, Florida
posted at 11:36 am on November 13, 2012 by Allahpundit
Evidently this is still circulating on Twitter vis-a-vis the Allen West recount, so here’s Twitchy with a PSA:
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.
The best summary of what’s happening with the recount that I’ve seen is this Shark Tank post, which is, alas, a few days old. At the time Javier Manjarres wrote it, West was down by roughly 2,400 votes. Since then, the county’s recounted ballots from voting machines that had memory card problems on election day and the deficit has dropped to 1,900 votes. The local supervisor of elections is holding a presser today to answer questions about her recount method, specifically with respect to early voting.
Next stop for West if the recount doesn’t go his way: Georgia?