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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In a statement late last week, Strategic Allied criticized "likely libelous comments" by the Florida Republican Partyabout its efforts in the state amid allegations of voter fraud.Skip to next paragraph
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Alarm over potential voter registration fraud in Florida in the run-up to the Nov. 6 election was first raised by PalmBeach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher, who flagged 106 "questionable" applications turned in by Strategic Allied this month.
Bucher - whose county introduced hanging chads and butterfly ballots to the political lexicon during the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida - said her staff had raised questions about suspiciously similar signatures and incorrect addresses and dates of birth on voter registration forms.
Submitting deliberately false voter registration information, or altering information on an application without consent, is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. (Additional reporting by David Adams; Editing by Tom Brown, Todd Eastham and Lisa Shumaker)