Moments after town-by-town Census figures were released this morning, the state pulled the information off its web site and confirmed the numbers had been miscalculated.
“The original numbers were in error,” said Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin, told The Salem News. “The errors are being corrected. The numbers will be put back up early this afternoon.”
McNiff said he didn’t know how the miscalculations happened or how many communities’ figures were incorrectly tabulated. He also didn’t know whether the mistakes were made by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Secretary of State’s office, or another agency.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “… At this point, we’re trying to get the right numbers up.”
State officials plan to hold a second press conference to release the corrected numbers later today.
Galvin held a press conference earlier this morning to release populations for each community across the commonwealth. Around the same time, the state posted the data on its web site, leading many news agencies to begin transmitting the numbers via Twitter and other formats.
Now, state officials are scrambling to get corrected numbers in order.
“They’re wrong, and we want to get them right,” said McNiff.