JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County election officials say an error led them to significantly overstate the number of newly registered voters following a fatal police shooting.
County elections director Rita Heard Days said Tuesday that an additional 128 people registered to vote in Ferguson from Aug. 11 through Monday. St. Louis County originally had said 3,287 people registered to vote in Ferguson since the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.
The death of Michael Brown sparked weeks of civil unrest, and some activists led voter registration drives in an attempt to reshape local government.
Election officials said the voter-registration error occurred when they ran the wrong report to extract figures from a statewide database.
The county says Ferguson has a total of 12,312 registered voters.