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NC GOP fires voter sign-up firm over Florida fraud

Posted October 1, 2012

— The North Carolina Republican Party has fired a company paid to register new voters after fraudulent forms linked to the company were uncovered in Florida.

North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood said Monday the party had terminated its relationship with Virginia-based Strategic Allied Consulting, a private company paid more than $3 million to register voters in at least seven presidential battleground states.

"We take any threat to the voting process very seriously," Lockwood said.

The State Board of Elections is also alerting county elections officials to scrutinize all new voter registrations because of fraud concerns.

So far, six suspect registrations have been found, all in Mecklenburg County, said Gary Bartlett, executive director of the state elections board. Five came from Strategic Allied workers, and one was from a Democratic voter registration group, he said.

If there's any evidence of fraud, Bartlett said, the elections board will hand it over for criminal investigation.

The moves come after Florida prosecutors began reviewing more than 100 suspect forms submitted by the company's employees in several counties.

Voting booth with stickers Five voter registrations tied to suspect group found in NC

The issue has become political baggage for Republicans, who have championed new laws requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID to combat voter fraud they claimed had been perpetrated by left-leaning groups.

Critics of the new GOP backed voter-ID laws point out that prosecutions for fraud are rare. They suggest the push is more about keeping poor and elderly voters, considered less likely to have a driver's license and more likely to vote Democratic, away from the polls.

Voter ID legislation passed North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature in 2011, but was vetoed by the state's Democratic governor.

Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the North Carolina elections board, said problems sometimes arise with forms collected by people paid to register as many voters as possible.

"If you use volunteers, there's nothing to gain financially by creating fictitious registrations," she said.

Strategic Allied Consulting said in a prepared statement that it and affiliated companies had registered more than 500,000 voters in years of conservative grass-roots campaigns carried out in 40 states.

The company called recent statements by GOP officials "libelous" and claimed that the problems in Florida were caused by a single rogue employee.

"Strategic has a zero-tolerance policy for breaking the law," said Fred Petti, a company attorney.

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  • tonybigman3 Oct 2, 6:58 p.m.

    i just hope i dont find out my vote has been tampered with.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 2, 4:18 p.m.

    "This firm was taking democratic names and registering them as republican with false addresses so on election day the voter would say his/her name and the address and party would be wrong "You don't get to Vote""

    Bull, every State provides a process for a provisional ballot if there is any issue for a voter. As to you people complaining, unlike the DEMS the republicans immediately fired the firm. The Dems would simply have rehired them under a new contract after pretending to fire them. THE DEMS want voter FRAUD because they believe in plays to their favor, thus all the lying about Voter ID laws.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 2, 4:15 p.m.

    Bad news for this firm, however, on the plus side the Democrats just offered them a much more lucrative contract, payment contingent on them not getting caught this time.

    "Actually, there really isn't. That is the whole point. Interest groups have been spending millions of dollar trying to find someone, ANYONE, who actually committed voter fraud or had their vote "stolen". The only thing they have been able to find is kids adding "Micky Mouse" to their voter sheets to try to boost their commissions. "

    Wrong there is fraud and there always has been fraud. An ID is a simple thing to have. These nonsense arguments simply are nonsense. When you look at what is required to register to vote in NC, essentially about all you have to do is SHOW up. It is absolutely idiotic given we have millions of non-citizens running around and we have plenty of Americans that are quite willing to commit fraud.

  • teleman60 Oct 2, 3:14 p.m.

    This firm was taking democratic names and registering them as republican with false addresses so on election day the voter would say his/her name and the address and party would be wrong "You don't get to Vote">

    All this from the party who made such a big stink about fraud then hires THE company cited is the last 3 elections for PROBLEMS.

    PS -- the RNC demanded they Change the company name so internet data on previous problems would not be traced to them now!

  • bill0 Oct 2, 1:24 p.m.

    "There is fraud on both sides of the isle...let's not get party specific here!'

    Actually, there really isn't. That is the whole point. Interest groups have been spending millions of dollar trying to find someone, ANYONE, who actually committed voter fraud or had their vote "stolen". The only thing they have been able to find is kids adding "Micky Mouse" to their voter sheets to try to boost their commissions.

    On the flip side, those opposing these laws have absolutely no problem finding real people who would be denied the right to vote because they didn't have ID. The problem with government documents is that government messes up - and they do it quite often. Original copies get lost. Buildings flood or burn. Copies get misfiled. If you need to get a 75 yr old birth certificate from city hall, you stand a decent chance of running into problems.

  • silverfox Oct 2, 1:05 p.m.

    Conclusion = there is voter fraud... Therefore, what's wrong with voter ID? I don't want to go to the voter box and discover someone has taken my vote. I want my vote to be protected just as much as anything else I use an ID for. There is fraud on both sides of the isle...let's not get party specific here!

  • snshine62d Oct 2, 12:26 p.m.

    Goodness gracious, Romney and the gang keep shooting themselves in the foot. They lie, exaggerate, flip flop, and copy everybody's ideas. Now it's voter registration fraud. I guess that's the only way they'll get votes. I think the average American is figuring out that Romney is a lost cause.

  • Plenty Coups Oct 2, 12:13 p.m.

    "As for the ACORN thing, most of the fraudulent voter registration cards were submitted by low level ACORN employees trying to defraud ACORN into paying them for the bad registrations. None of those bad registrations resulted in anyone voting illegally"

    Very true. Still amazing that the rabid zealots tried to use ACORN as a argument for voter IDs though they were completely different issues.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Oct 2, 11:41 a.m.

    Clever move by the GOP. Create a lot of fraudulent voters to bolster you case for voter IDs. In other words, break the law, to make a klaw look neccessary. Very clever.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 2, 10:10 a.m.

    Why is this not surprising at all. The Republicans sure got a lot of holes in their foot, or maybe it's feet by now.

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