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New documents released by Florida on GOP voter registration fraud case



 TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Division of Elections today released the initial complaint filed against Strategic Allied Consulting on Sept. 27 in a case that is now a criminal investigation into statewide voter registration forms filed on behalf of the Republican Party of Florida. 

The redacted form blacks out the name of the person bringing the complaint and provides little new information of a case that involves suspicious registration applications filed in a dozen Florida counties. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched the criminal investigation on Oct. 3. 

But the four-page complaint does provide a clearer time line of how the Strategic Allied Consulting case was reported to the state.

See the attached complaint.

Note the third page, where it says "similar activity may have occurred in Lee County." This shouldn't have been a revelation, considering the state received a complaint on Sept. 20 about applications turned in by the RPOF, including four that appeared to have been completed and signed by the same person. That complaint came in an e-mail from Lee County's voter registration director, Cheryl Johnson, but it was referred to the general counsel's office, where it languished until reports emerged from Palm Beach County of additional botched forms a week later. Ken Detzner, Florida Secretary of State, said attorneys were reviewing the Lee County situation when the DOE learned about the Palm Beach County forms.

It's just not phrased that way in the report released Friday.

Instead, the report implies state elections officials learned about Lee County only from "additional conversations" with Strategic Allied Consulting officials. 

Meanwhile, Nathan Sproul, the owner of the firm, appears to be starting another outfit, according to a report. Dubbed Issue Advocacy Partners, the new firm uses the same bare-bones web site design that Strategic Allied Consulting had before it was fired by the Republicans.

So look out Florida. Issue Advocacy Partners might be working the polls at a precinct near you.

[Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 5:53pm]


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