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.'
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Both the Republican National Committee and Republican Party of Florida cut ties with the company as soon as the allegations surfaced last week, and the number of Florida counties reporting suspicious registration forms connected to Strategic Allied Consulting has since grown to at least 10.Skip to next paragraph
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Most political analysts say Florida, the fourth most populous US state and notorious for its close elections, including the 2000 cliff-hanger that put George W. Bush in the White House, is a must-win for Republican challenger Mitt Romney in November's presidential sweepstakes.
Of all the closely contested battleground states in the presidential election, Florida is the biggest prize with 29 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to win.
"After reviewing this complaint, FDLE has decided that a criminal investigation into these allegations is warranted," said Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger in an email. "This is now an active investigation."