Late this week NBC news reported that fraudulent registration forms had surfaced in Palm Beach County, Florida, then in two other counties. As of today fraudulent registration forms have been discovered in a total of nine Florida counties with a good possibility of more counties being added to the growing list.
Included among the forms are those with bogus signatures and home addresses. There are also forms which have been signed by dead people.
Interestingly, all of these fraudulent forms have been traced to one single source: Strategic Allied Consulting. A long-time consultant with the firm and a Republican darling is Nathan Sproul. Prior to he and his firm being given a multi-million dollar contract to “register” voters, he had been accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states. Records show that he has been investigated on numerous occasions for suppressing Democratic voter turnout.
It’s not that Sproul’s record was unknown before being hired. It was. But in spite of that the Republican National Committee and the Romney campaign hired his firm any way. And now, with fraudulent voter registrations surfacing, they are expressing shock.
One Utah Republican is quoted as saying of Sproul, “The difference between ACORN and Sproul is that ACORN doesn’t throw away or change registration documents after they’ve been filled out.”
Prior to the news of the company’s fraudulent registrations, Strategic had been hiring people to “register” voters in Nevada, Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina, with two large payments going to Florida and North Carolina.
Republican Paul Lux, the election supervisor for Okaloosa County says questionable forms in the Florida panhandle appear to have all come from Strategic’s employees at the local Republican headquarters where dozens of the suspect forms have turned up.
Lux said that when he learned that the company was paying people to register voters he warned Republican officials then, “This is not going to end well.”
We wouldn’t be surprised if more fraudulent registration forms surface in Florida and eventually the other states that have been tainted by Strategic Allied Consulting.
We’re waiting now for the other shoe to drop here in North Carolina.