I happened to stumble across a story on the Independent Record’s page this evening, a story that made a very surprising claim. According to the piece,
The number of people who voted in the 2012 election in Lewis and Clark County was more than double that of 2008, according to elections supervisor Marilyn Bracken.
The story goes on to say that just over 33,000 ballots were cast in 2012 and that only 15,600 were cast in 2008.
That would certainly be surprising news to the Obama and McCain campaigns, given that over 33,000 ballots were cast for President in Lewis in Clark County in 2008.
It’s probably not a terribly surprising mistake from a news agency that claimed 105% of precincts had reported results for much of election night and who claimed, before most of the ballots that Lewis and Clark County had a 40% turnout:
With 53 of 56 precincts reporting, 16,994 out of 41,683 registered voters cast ballots in this election for 40.77 percent turnout in Lewis and Clark County.
These are the kinds of mistakes an editor notices. These are the kinds of mistakes new agencies with institutional memory don’t make. Perhaps if the publisher of the newspaper were less interested in promoting his personal political agenda and more interested in putting out a quality news product, we’d see fewer of these mistakes.
That post to come. 🙂