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Deutch demands GOP voter registration fraud probe

by George Bennett | October 1st, 2012

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U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott today demanding an immediate, bipartisan investigation of the “apparently growing voter fraud scandal engulfing the Republican Party of Florida.”

As first reported in The Palm Beach Post, a firm hired by the Republican Party of Florida submitted 106 “questionable” voter registration applications last month that Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher gave to the state attorney’s office for review.

The state GOP fired the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, last Tuesday and the Republican National Committee severed its ties to the company on Thursday. The RNC had paid Strategic about $3 million for work in swing states Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia. In Florida, the GOP paid $1.3 million to sign up voters.

By Friday, at least six other Florida county elections chiefs said they had encountered problems with registration applications turned in by Strategic Allied Consulting.

Read Deutch’s letter after the jump…

Letter from Rep. Ted Deutch to Gov. Rick Scott:

October 1, 2012

The Honorable Rick Scott
Governor, State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Dear Governor Scott:

In light of the large and apparently growing voter fraud scandal engulfing the Republican Party of Florida, I urge you to immediately appoint a bipartisan task force to investigate these allegations and ensure that the integrity of our voting rolls will not be compromised by Strategic Allied Consulting’s deliberately fraudulent voter registration operations. I also urge you to ensure that false registrations submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting do not remain on our rolls, and that you immediately investigate whether any employees involved in this scandal are still working for the Republican Party to register voters in Florida.

Given the explicitly partisan nature of this scandal, assurances must be provided to all Floridians that the investigation into these allegations is thorough and fair. So far, your inaction in the face of this scandal suggests that you are putting partisanship ahead of the integrity of Florida’s elections.

As you know, Strategic Allied Consulting was hired by the Florida Republican Party and paid $1.3 million to register voters in Florida. In Palm Beach County alone, 106 possibly fraudulent forms have already been identified. Now, ten additional counties across the state have also reported suspicious voter registration and change of address forms associated with Strategic Allied Consulting. Allegations surrounding Strategic Allied Consulting alarmingly suggest that Democratic forms were destroyed by its workers and only Republican forms were submitted. Further allegations exist that workers were illegally given quotas of new voters to register, that many forms had similar handwriting with incorrect information, and that even deceased individuals were registered.

Even more disturbing is the possibility that the fraud discovered in Florida really just scratches the surface of a national strategy executed by Strategic Allied Consulting at the direction of the Republican National Committee and Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Strategic Allied Consulting was also paid nearly $3 million by the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee for their work this election cycle. This firm was hired in Florida and elsewhere despite the fact that its founder, Nathan Sproul, has previously run firms accused of major improprieties, including trashing registration forms filed by Democratic voters. Public reports and videos also exist of employees of Strategic Allied Consulting saying that they will only register only Republican voters.

Governor Scott, we are on the cusp of a Presidential election. Disturbing reports suggest that professionally coordinated voter fraud occurred in Florida that is potentially massive in scale. 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.” Your efforts to purge 182,000 individuals from our voting rolls continued until we discovered that the list was nakedly partisan and so error-ridden that it contained the names of tens of thousands of legitimate voters, including small business owners and a decorated World War II hero. Now, when an actual voter fraud scheme has apparently been discovered in our state, there is neither room nor time for the partisan allegiances that typically guide your Administration’s actions.

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. I urge you to immediately take the following actions:

1) Work directly with all of supervisors of elections to ensure only legitimate voters were registered by Strategic Allied Consulting;
2) Appoint a bipartisan task force to investigate what, if any, damage has been done by these allegedly fraudulent registration activities, and the potentially criminal practices undertaken by Strategic Allied Consulting, Mr. Sproul, and every employee of this organization who registered voters in Florida;
3) Ensure that any individual who assisted or coordinated with Strategic Allied Consulting’s efforts is temporarily barred by the State from voter registration activities pending the outcome of a full investigation into the potentially criminal voter registration efforts undertaken by this organization;
4) Locate the daily logs of every Strategic Allied Consulting worker in order to facilitate supervisors of elections to identify all records submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting for independent verification; and
5) Establish an outreach campaign to identify and alert independent and Democratic voters who may have attempted to register with Strategic Allied Consulting only to have their registration forms destroyed and coordinate with the supervisors of elections to assist in correctly registering all eligible voters who may have been impacted by this scandal.

I look forward to working with you directly to contain and repair the potentially devastating damage to the integrity of our election system.

Sincerely,

Ted Deutch

MEMBER OF CONGRESS

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22 Responses to “Deutch demands GOP voter registration fraud probe”

  1. worthless vote Says:

    Doesn’t matter if either party fraudulently stuff the ballot box. All that matters is who’s doing the vote counting. That’s who decides the “winner”.

  2. thebob.bob Says:

    Republicans having been screaming about non-existent “voter fraud” for years now. I guess they were right. They’ve been doing it!!

  3. Mike H. Says:

    As a conservative, I say YES to Ted Deutch’s Demand for investigation into voter fraud. I want CLEAN elections.

    Increase voter fraud penalties to $10,000,000 fine to the political party & 5 years in jail with no parole to the mastermind and I bet it changes things.

    Let’s take the election process back.

  4. Legal Eagle - OTHER ONE Says:

    @ Mike H.

    You call yourself a conservative yet agree with a CommieLib? I ain’t buying it! What you fail to realize is, I bought this a while back and it’s a great product that even makes for a great gift! You see, I found myself in a pickle because my daughter Lacey’s 5th birthday was coming up and I needed to find a perfect present. I didn’t know what she really liked, since the court only allows me to see her once every other month.

    I knew she liked dolls, though. But I couldn’t just get her ANY doll, since my ex would probably give her some Barbies. I needed to go BIG. And for my money, it just doesn’t get any bigger than “Inflatable Judy”! When I inflated “Judy”, she grew to life size! She was taller than my ex (and in better shape too, I must add).

    Now, I gotta mention that clothes are sold SEPARATELY for this doll. That’s probably why it came so cheap. But I didn’t have extra money to buy a woman’s doll outfit, so I chose to give Inflatable Judy to my daughter “as is”.

    You should have seen the looks on everybody’s faces when I pulled up to the party, opened the passenger door of the Escort, and pulled out “Inflatable Judy”! The kids all seemed surprised, and the parents were real mad because they knew I got Lacey the biggest gift. I said, “Hey everybody, heeeeeeere’s Judy!!!” Then my ex ran up and slapped me upside the head. Probably because Inflatable Judy was at least 10 times the size of those stupid Barbies! I sure showed her how to pick out a “real” present!

    Now, I can only give this product 4 stars because, like I said, the clothing is sold separately. Also, I didn’t get to see how much Lacey liked the doll because my ex called the cops to enforce that jerkball restraining order she has out on me. Some gratitude, huh? Anyway, I recommend this product to anybody who’s looking for a high-quality doll that can inflate to life size. Just don’t go showing it off in front of the whole neighborhood: a woman’s jealousy knows no bounds when she meets “Inflatable Judy”!!

  5. Doug Mielke Says:

    American spends a considerable amount of money to deploy officials to oversee election procedures in foreign countries. The primary objective is to ensure fair, honest, unbiased voting in countries known for underhanded, illegal electoral procedures.

    How can we honestly do this when we can’t even run a clean election here?

    Surely we are made of better stuff!

  6. Joey Says:

    Ever notice how quick politicians are to blame the other party when they think it may gain their own party or themselves some votes and cause the other party to lose votes? They will do anything to make themselves look better and the other guys look worse. I have no doubt the ‘Dims’ are guilty of the same or even worse things; they just haven’t been caught. And I, for one, am in favor of ALL votes being legitimate. Here in Virginia we solved the problem of sending EVERY registered voter a voter registration card, with their information already on the card, giving anyone unintentionally left out plenty of time to clear up any omission. Whining about ‘the poor’ not being able to provide proof of their identity is a weak and worn argument. Anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave the last 20 years has some form of identity; and if not, I’m sure a volunteer would be glad to come out to the rest home and assist them.

  7. GOPer Says:

    The Republican Party I once knew and love seems to be intent on suppressing voting. That’s not okay with me. I think everyone should be allowed to vote, it’s the American way. If you have to win by cheating then you are no better than China

  8. Doug Mielke Says:

    Ever wonder why the roots of this behavior seems to always have something to do with Florida?

  9. Smoke 10 Says:

    @legal eagle

    This is one of the strangest things I’ve read in a while.

  10. Rohinton Irani Says:

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a misstep when he described 47 percent of Americans as feeling entitled to government aid, his vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, said.

    ——————————————————————————————–
    Story Link : http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-30/ryan-says-romney-47-percent-of-americans-remark-a-misstep
    ——————————————————————————————-

    Yeah….Mr Ayn Rand Jr…..

    Telling 47% of Hard Working/TAX PAYING CITIZENS to go F**K THEMSELVES !

    IS NOT MIS-SPEAKING !….Paul.

    It’s YOUR Boss TELLING His ILK….How he REALLY FEELS !

    4 MORE YEARS !
    ——————————————————————————————-
    WILLARD ROMNEY:

    ” Well, there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right? There are 47% who are with him. Who are dependent upon government, who believe that– that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it. But that’s– it’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ”

    ” And– and so MY JOB IS NOT TO WORRY ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE !. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5% to 10% in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion. Whether they like the guy or not. ”

    —————————————–

    Any Questions ?

  11. Dave Francis Says:

    Whether it’s allegedly true on not of voter fraud from the GOP, they only have to check under voter fraud that the Democrats have provided on a grand scale. Have American citizens already forgotten the criminal enterprise called ACORN, which was held accountable in eleven states for Voter fraud? That’s why I am voting for Mitt Romney, so that more TEA PARTY leaders can be absorbed into the most corrupt parties for years. I neither trust the Republicans or Democrats, but more in harmony with the moderate Conservatives not the GOP elites or the Liberal Marxist Socialist, which are out to turn our beloved sovereign nation over to the United Nations. The UN is as rotten as the two parties and not satisfied with the 10 billion dollars, but wants a global tax on every country.

  12. LOL @ West Says:

    LOL @ Allen West!

    He made a “47%” statement before even Romney did. What a savage joke on the Middle Class, these Republicans. So let’s look at just some of Allen West’s comments as measured by the FACTS.

    ALLEN WEST’S RECORD AT POLITIFACT:

    http://www.politifact.com/personalities/allen-west/statements/

    “Currently we have some 40-45% of Americans who are not paying any taxes.” = MOSTLY FALSE

    “If you look at the application for a security clearance, I have a clearance that even the president of the United States cannot obtain because of my background.” = PANTS ON FIRE LIE

    “We had an amendment in the health care law that said the federal government is going to take over education.” = FALSE

    “China owns about 29 percent of (the U.S.) debt.” = FALSE

    “This is the first time in the history that we’ve had the raising of a debt limit also with spending cuts.” = FALSE

    “In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it was the Democrats who cut $500 billion from Medicare. And they also put in place the Independent Payment Advisory Board, 15 unelected bureaucrats, which will be making decisions about health care for our seniors and for all Americans.” = MOSTLY FALSE

    The EPA “wants to hire 230,000 new government regulators that will cost the taxpayer $21 billion.” = FALSE

    About 78 to 81 House Democrats “are members of the Communist Party. … It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” = PANTS ON FIRE LIE

    An “Obamacare slush fund” paid to spay and neuter dogs and cats, then counted it as an “anti-obesity campaign.” = FALSE

    WHY THE NEED TO *LIE* REPEATEDLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, Rep West?!?!?!

    Hmmm… Yeah.

    VOTE for PATRICK MURPHY and vote early.

  13. Searcher Says:

    The BIGGEST Election Registration crooks are Repubbies. Is that a huge surprise?

  14. No to Democrat Says:

    And while investigating this – also investigate ACORN, investigate intimidation by Black Panther patroling voting sites.

  15. NE taking jobs Says:

    The corruption in Palm Beach County has come from those who migrated from corrupt Northeast states to FL and our county.

    Also, think about who fills the jobs at fire departments and police departments, not local residents, but those who migrated from northeastern states-taking the jobs from locals

    They bring their big pensions and then take jobs in our police and fire rescue departments.

    Local residents get pushed to the rear of the line.

  16. Murphy=Daddy's Boy Says:

    Simply stated:

    Patrick Murphy is being sponsored by his rich father

    Patrick Murphy was a Republican then switched to democrat

    Patrick Murphy moved from Miami-Dade County, then Broward and now Palm Beach County…chasing political seats..he moved each time to ‘find’ a seat there was no established candidate.

    We don’t need a daddy’s boy. Cause daddy’s boy will have daddy pulling the strings.

    Murphy’s father is funding his political aspirations and Daddy also ‘employs’ his son.

    Daddy also funds Patty-boy’s Super Pac advertisements.

    We don’t need a daddy’s boy representing our district. No to Murphy

  17. Joe Budd Says:

    …and while you’re at it completely investigate voter fraud perpetrated by those voting in Florida while also voting in another state like New York.

  18. More murder Border Agents Says:

    Another AZ border agent killed, murdered TODAY and another border agent injured!

    Protect our borders, enforce the laws of this country.

    Obama prefers Open Borders, lack of protection for the USA and the very distinct possibility of terrorists entering this country thru our porous Obama-borders.

    It’s Obama’s: let them all come into America. We’ll pay for their free healthcare, provide housing vouchers, give them free food cards, free schooling, free cell phones.

    Hell, let those working fund illegals.

    That’s the Obama way!

  19. Lots of Fraud in PBC Says:

    What about those who vote in their home states and then come to their snowbird homes in FL and vote again?!

    When is THAT going to be INVESTIGATED.

    ALL voter fraud should be investigated whether committed by democrats or republicans.

    But if someone from one Belle Glade address can file 741 tax returns, then you know there is widespread illegal practices going on in other parts of this county.
    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-06/news/fl-identity-theft-20120806_1_tax-returns-refunds-identity-theft

  20. Joe Budd Says:

    Better yet, start in Maryland with Wendy Rosen and Rober Wexler.

  21. Larry Linn Says:

    All absentee ballots should be nullified since the photo-I.D. cannot be verified in person. Just following the GOP logic.

  22. Mike Says:

    Deutch..lol what a joke.

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