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Florida investigates GOP-backed voter registration consulting firm

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced it has opened a criminal probe to investigate Strategic Allied Consulting. The Republican-hired firm has been registering new voters in Florida, but some of its voter registrations forms have been called 'suspicious.'  

By Michael PeltierReuters / October 3, 2012

Lida Bonilla casts her vote during the Florida Primary elections in Hialeah, Fla., Aug. 14. The Florida Division of Elections has raised concerns about some voter registrations forms submitted by a GOP-backed voter consulting firm, Strategic Allied Consulting.

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Authorities in Florida opened a criminal probe on Wednesday into the activities of Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm hired by the Republican Party to register new voters in the crucial swing state ahead of next month's presidential election.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there was enough evidence to warrant a full-blown investigation of Strategic Allied, a Virginia-based voter registration company doing work for the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Florida.

The Florida Division of Elections on Friday forwarded a complaint to the law enforcement agency after reports of suspicious voter registration forms linked to the company first surfaced in Palm Beach County.

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