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    Voter registration problems widen in Florida

    What first appeared to be an isolated problem in one Florida county has now spread statewide, with election officials in at least seven counties informing prosecutors or state election officials about questionable voter registration forms filled out on behalf of the Republican Party of Florida.

    State Republican officials already have fired the vendor it had hired to register voters, and on Thursday took the additional step of filing an election fraud complaint against the company, Strategic Allied Consulting, with state officials.

    A spokesman for Florida's GOP said the matter was being treated very seriously.
    "We are doing what we can to find out how broad the scope is," said Brian Burgess, the spokesman.
    Florida is the battleground state where past election problems led to the chaotic recount that followed the 2000 presidential election.

    The Florida Democratic Party called on the state to "revoke" the ability of state Republicans to continue to register voters while the investigation continues. Oct. 9 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

    "It is clear that the Republican Party of Florida does not have the institutional controls in place to be trusted as a third-party, voter registration organization," said Scott Arceneaux, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party....

    Ann Bodenstein, the elections supervisor for Santa Rosa County, said her staff started raising questions after an employee saw a form that changed the home address of a neighbor.

    Paul Lux, election supervisor for Okaloosa County, said questionable forms in the Florida Panhandle appear to have all come from Strategic's effort based at the local Republican Party headquarters. He said his office has turned up dozens of suspect forms.

    Lux said there have been forms that listed dead people and were either incomplete or illegible.
    He met with local prosecutors on Friday, but added that his staff was still going through hundreds of forms dropped off by Strategic employees.

    Lux, who is a Republican, said he warned local party officials earlier this month when he first learned the company was paying people to register voters.

    "I told them 'This is not going to end well,'" Lux said.

    But Lux added that he did not blame the Republican Party of Florida.

    "I can't place the blame on RPOF if they hired a firm and that firm wasn't following the rules they were given to follow," Lux said.

    The state party filed the complaint against Strategic Allied Consulting with state election officials, who can refer the case to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement if it is found legally sufficient.
    http://news.yahoo.com/voter-registra...-election.html



    Well on the bright side, i guess there was some truth to the voter fraud cries. Now we know why the GOP was so sure fraud was occuring.
    "Ignorance is not an excuse" were the words Goodell used when describing why those involved in the Saints bounty scandal would not avoid punishment.
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    The Los Angeles Times reported that the RNC urged the state GOP in seven swing states to hire the firm, despite the fact that the man who runs it, Nathan Sproul, has been accused of running firms that have destroyed Democratic registrations. Sproul told the newspaper that RNC officials asked him to set up a new firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, so that his efforts would not be linked to those allegations. The RNC has reportedly paid the firm at least $3.1 million via state parties.

    Sproul blamed the suspicious forms on a single employee in Palm Beach County. But Florida election officials tell CBS News they have found a "couple hundred" voter registrations in eight Florida counties with "irregularities" that deserve further scrutiny. They are currently reviewing the registrations and if they find them to be "legally significant" they will turn them over to law enforcement. This could happen by the end of the day.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-...ims-singe-gop/

    Out of curiousity, did a google search about it and found this. Depressing and amusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spesh View Post
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-...ims-singe-gop/

    Out of curiousity, did a google search about it and found this. Depressing and amusing.
    Not sure if I should laugh or cry. Here is a party who is hell-bend on eliminating voters for the Democratic party or any party and candidate yet hires a firm set up on advice of the RNC with a guy who already has destroyed valid registrations of potential Democratic voters.

    And this whole thing did not come out because the Republican party investigated voter fraud so carefully but by accident because one single employee paid attention.
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