A giant news story this month has been the surge in voter registrations in the most important municipal entity in our local galactic cluster, Ferguson, MO. For example, Slate headlined on October 2:
3,000 in Ferguson Have Registered to Vote Since Michael Brown DiedAfter all, this is what this has all been about, right? The Democrats and the press working hand in glove to angry up low information black voters to turn out at the polls on Election Day, November 4th (which is a Tuesday, in case you were wondering).
Original post, Oct. 2, 2014: In the wake of Michael Brown’s death, a point that has often been raised about Ferguson, Missouri is that its population is majority black but its power structure is not: the city’s mayor, city manager, police chief, and five of its six city council members are white. Low voter turnout among black voters has been cited among the reasons for the disparity, but that may be a thing of the past: 3,000 of the city's 21,000-some residents have registered since Brown was killed.
Today in Slate, however:
(UPDATE: This Is Completely False)Now, back to our interrupted coverage of the supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud …
Update, Oct. 7, 2014: The St. Louis county elections board has retracted the information it released about the number of Ferguson residents who have registered to vote after Michael Brown's death, and now says that only 128 people have done so, not 3,287. The director of elections told a USA Today reporter she was "flabbergasted" by what she described as a straightforward mistake.