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No bad GOP voter registration forms found in Pinellas, SOE Clark says



 Suspicious voter applications might be found throughout Florida, but they don't exist in Pinellas County, according to a report filed Wednesday by Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark.

“No irregularities were found in the review of Pinellas County’s voter registration applications submitted by (the Republican Party of Florida),” Clark wrote in an e-mail to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The FDLE launched a criminal investigation last week after reviewing questionable voter applications filed by a private firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, on behalf of the RPOF. The firm was fired by Republicans and is the subject of an elections complaint filed by the RPOF. Officials with the firm have said they fired two employees for fraudulently filling out forms, which is a third-degree felony in Florida punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

A dozen counties have reported forms filed by Strategic Allied Consulting that appear to be fraudulent.  But Clark said none were found in Pinellas after her office reviewed all 2,792 applications submitted by the firm.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:40pm]


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