About that 90 Percent Voter Turnout…

Turns out it was 100% wrong.

Republicans were quick to pounce on a non-existent voter fraud scandal in Philadelphia, after premature figures indicated that “90 percent of the precincts in Philadelphia . . . turned out over 90 percent of voters.” State House speaker, Sam Smith, called the figures “questionable” the day after Election Day, and his comment caused all sorts of red noise throughout conservative media outlets in the days following.

The actual Election Day figures are now available, and, as The Inquirer points out, one voting district did have a 90% turnout… because the poll workers accidentally switched voting machines with another district that shared their space.


Compensating for the mistake shows voter turnout in that specific precinct to be on par with the citywide average of about 60%. In fact, even the largest voter turnouts were still below 90%, with West Philadelphia, Roxborough and East Falls all having above 80% voter turnout.

So, besides that one super-scary Blank Panther man, a few clueless poll workers and one poorly-thought-out Obama Mural, Philly played by the book.

Now, if  someone could just let Dom Giordano know; we can all move on with our lives. 

Source: Philly.com | Photo: AP

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