How’s this for a fail? County officials had previously claimed there was a surge of 3,287 new voters since the shooting.

WASHINGTON — The St. Louis County Board of Elections said Tuesday that officials had erroneously compiled numbers showing a surge in voter registration since a police officer shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August. The actual figures on new voters in Ferguson, Missouri, are much lower than previously announced.

Officials said earlier this month that 3,287 residents of Ferguson had registered to vote since the shooting, a significant number for a town with a population of 21,203, according to the last census.

On Tuesday, however, St. Louis County Director of Elections Rita Day said that only 128 people have registered to vote since the shooting. Day explained that the elections board had used the wrong state database to compile the numbers, consulting a report on people changing residence rather than a report on voter registration.

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