I don’t mean to pick on Heather Ginsberg at TownHall.com specifically, or suggest that she is any more stupid than all the others to repeat this story; her article “BREAKING: Massive Voter Fraud in St. Lucie County, Florida,” was just the first of many that came up when I searched the web for the story. Here’s the “story” that’s all over right-wing web sites across the country:
On Tuesday only one precinct had less than 113% turnout. “The Unofficial vote count is 175,554 registered voters 247,713 vote cards cast (141.10% ). The National SEAL Museum, a St. Lucie county polling place, had 158.85% voter turn out, the highest in the county.”
The Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker, had this to say concerning the 141% voter turnout: “They may have had something like that in Palm Beach County, but we’ve never seen that here.
Of course, if there were any truth to that headline, the national press would be all over it, and they are not. The reason that there is “no story here” is that Florida had a very long ballot this year, and it took two voter cards to hold all of the ballot selections. So rather than a massive over vote, the actual voter turnout was about 70% which is very high and why the Supervisor of Elections said that the turnout was unprecedented.
Despite the utter implausibility of the conclusion, lots of people cite this as evidence that the 2012 Presidential Election was rife with fraud. To my knowledge, only one case of voter fraud has been uncovered in the 2012 election so fare and that was a Republican arrested trying to prove how easy it is to get away with voting twice—that was stupid too.