Last week we told you about an amazing voter registration surge in Ferguson. Apparently our celebration was just a big mistake. St. Louis County Board of Elections said on Tuesday that they got their numbers wrong.
Laura Swinford, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s Office issued the following statement:
“St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners simply ran the wrong report. We were happy to assist board of elections staff when they requested our help, and we can confirm there were 128 newly registered voters in Ferguson from August 11th to October 6th. This is a good time to remind all eligible Missourians that the deadline to register to vote in the November 4th general election is tomorrow, October 8th.” [Source]
St. Louis County Director of Elections Rita Day apologized for the mistake. She said the mix up happened when officials used the wrong state database to compile the numbers.
It’s disappointing that number was wrong but even 128 new voters is a good thing. That’s 128 more people who have a voice and those people can convince others to go out and vote.
Sometimes the biggest changes start as small movements. So let’s all be glass half full kinds of people and not give up hope.