October 01, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) on Monday urged Gov. Rick Scott (R) to appoint a bipartisan probe to investigate questionable voter registration forms filled out on behalf of the Republican Party of Florida.
In a letter to Scott, Deutch called for an investigation into “Strategic Allied Consulting’s deliberately fraudulent voter registration operations.”
The request comes as Florida elections officials have reported that at least ten counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm hired by the GOP to register voters in Florida and several other swing states.
Strategic Allied Consulting was fired by the RNC last week after the Palm Beach County election supervisor flagged more than 100 applications turned in by the company that staff noticed had similar looking signatures and wrong birth dates.
Deutch urged the governor to “ensure that that false registrations submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting do not remain on our rolls,” and “immediately investigative whether any employees involved in this scandal are still working for the Republican Party to register voters in Florida.”
Deutch called Scott’s silence on the issue thus far “shocking and hypocritical” in light of the governor’s earlier attempts to purge suspected non-citizen voters from the state’s voting rolls.
“Your silence and inaction are shocking and hypocritical considering you have spent the last year in an expensive and highly controversial effort to purge legitimate citizens from our rolls in a supposed search to find ‘voter fraud,’” Deutch wrote in his letter to Scott.
“Governor Scott, you now have an opportunity to prove that you care about voter fraud even if involves the Florida Republican Party, the Republican National Committee, and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign,” Deutch added.
The Florida GOP, which paid Strategic Allied Consulting $1.3 million to register voters, announced last week that it was filing an elections fraud complaint against the vendor.