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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.'  

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The Florida Department of State also sent an e-mail to the state's 67 county supervisors of elections late on Tuesday instructing them to review all the voter registration forms filed by the Republican party.

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"At some point, these registrations may become evidence used in court, so it is important for you to take steps to protect them from tampering," the email said.

The work required by the criminal probe may strain the resources of county election officials who are already receiving thousands of absentee ballots and must prepare for a deluge of voters on Nov. 6.

Federal Election Commission reports from the state Republican Party show it paid Strategic Allied more than $1.3 million this summer for voter registration services.

The firm was also hired to do voter registration work for the party in four other key swing states - NevadaVirginia,Colorado, and North Carolina - for a total of $2.9 million, according to the Republican National Committee.

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