Wake County Schools

Visitors cast thousands of votes regarding Tata's ouster

Posted September 27, 2012 1:54 p.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2012 3:49 p.m. EDT

On Sept. 26, a day after the Wake County Board of Education fired Superintendent Tony Tata, WRAL News asked web visitors if they supported or opposed the 5-4 vote along party lines.

Through 24 hours, more than 14,000 online votes were cast. Of those, 64% were in agreement with the board; 35% opposed the action and 2% said they were unsure.

After seeing a large swing in the results, WRAL.com staff looked closely at the votes being cast and found evidence of some visitors trying to manipulate the results by circumventing single-vote safeguards in the survey software. Evidence showed attempts to affect both the vote supporting and opposing the board's decision. Because of this manipulation, voting on the question was closed.

Interactive polls on WRAL.com are not conducted in a scientific fashion. We make no guarantees about the accuracy of the results other than that they reflect the choices of the users who participated.