Strategic Allied Consulting provided a video as proof it trains contractors hired to collect voter registrations.
Problems first surfaced in Palm Beach County, but quickly spread to the panhandle and other areas of the state. Ron Labasky represents all of the supervisors and credits their training for pin pointing problems. "In many instances throughout the state and counties that have founds these to be problematic. There was identical or very similar handwriting on the forms.”
After an initial review of the registration forms, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened a criminal investigation, according to spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger. "We've reviewed the complaint as we always do and determined there was a criminal predicate so an investigation has now been opened," said Gretl Plessinger with the FDLE.
"And what does the criminal predicate mean?" said a reporter and Plessinger responded: "The possibility that the crime has been committed.”
On its web site, the company says it has never tolerated even minimal violations, but companies tied to Strategic Allied's owner have been investigated before.
The Republican Party of Florida paid the company, Strategic Allied Consulting, 1.3 million dollars.
Palm Beach elections supervisor Susan Bucher, says the law ought to provide a way to segregate forms brought in by companies and groups. "I think one of the things I'd like to see is an identifier number go up on the voter record.”
Each bogus voter registration form could result in a felony charge punishable by up to five years in jail and a five thousand dollar
The Department of Law Enforcement will not confirm how many counties or registration forms are involved, but it is believed to be ten or 12 counties with about 200 suspect registration forms.