FDLE finds no evidence of vote fraud in MTV's Rock the Vote

Published Jan. 10, 2013

TALLAHASSEE — If there were any questions that the people running MTV's Rock the Vote were perpetuating fraud in registering voters, those were answered Thursday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that it found no evidence of criminal activity from the Rock the Vote website. FDLE was alerted to the potential of fraud Oct. 8 by the state Division of Elections.

But upon interviewing those involved in 20 registration cases the state flagged as suspicious, FDLE determined that the information on the Rock the Vote website was accurate and the people shown as registering on it had initiated the activity.

More prominent cases of potential fraud await resolution. Still outstanding, FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says, are five cases against Strategic Allied Consulting, the private firm based in Arizona that was hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters.

Also open is the case of mysterious letters with a Seattle, Wash., postmark that were sent to voters telling them — wrongly — that their registration status was in doubt.

In addition, cases against left-leaning groups National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization, and the Florida New Majority Education Fund, a nonpartisan nonprofit that aims to increase voter registration among under-represented groups, are still open.