Potential voter registration fraud in Florida: GOP’s own 'ACORN' scandal?
The Republican Party fired a voter registration contractor this week after the firm turned in illegible, incorrect, and falsified voter registration forms to Florida election officials.
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At the center of the controversy is Mr. Sproul, a long-time GOP campaign operative, whose firm has faced allegations of questionable tactics in the past, including changing or throwing out registration forms filled out by Democrats.Skip to next paragraph
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Quoted by Lee Fang of the nonpartisan Republic Report, former Rep. Chris Cannon (R) of Utah, during a voter fraud hearing, admitted that “the difference between ACORN and Sproul is that ACORN doesn't throw away or change registration documents after they have been filled out.”
Mr. Sproul has worked for a string of Republican presidential campaigns, including Mitt Romney’s. He was recommended to the Florida GOP by the National Republican Committee. Until being fired Tuesday, Sproul’s company had received $1.3 million from Republicans, including nearly $700,000 from the Florida Republican Party.
It’s far from clear whether the registrations would have led to voter fraud, or if they were simply attempts by employees to show that they’d done their jobs. That point may be underscored by the amateurish nature of the fraud.
Problems included the lack of Social Security numbers, fake house numbers, and dates of birth that didn’t match the name.
"It was that flagrant," elections supervisor Ann W. Bodenstein told the Los Angeles Times. "In no way did they look genuine. Anyone with any sense would have known there was something wrong.”
"If they're changing your address from your real address, and you did not submit that, somebody was submitting it on your behalf in a false manner, then on Election Day you will not appear on the voter rolls and you're going to have to vote a provisional ballot,” she says, adding that if the voter is not at the correct polling precinct “we can’t [by law] … count your ballot.”
"It's certainly very concerning as we move towards the registration deadline in a very important presidential election in the swing-state of Florida," she added.
The issue may not go away quietly. While no charges have been filed yet, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is determining whether criminal indictments are warranted.