TALLAHASSEE, Florida - With five weeks left to the election, the Republican Party of Florida is wrestling with a problem over possible voter registration fraud.
Republicans hired a company called Strategic Allied Consulting to register voters for the November election. But now that company is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for voter registration fraud.
The Florida Republican Party has fired the company and filed an elections complaint with the state Division of Elections.
Florida Department of State spokesman Chris Cate said hundreds of questionable voter registration forms are turning up in counties across Florida.
"In the last several days, we've heard from supervisors representing about nine different counties, letting us know of irregularities that they've found on voter registrations, and the irregularities that we've seen range from missing information on a registration to similar-looking signatures to inconsistent information on the same registration. Meaning maybe the name is different than from what the signature that was actually signed."
Republicans didn't want to talk about the issue on camera.
Democrats want the state to revoke the Republican Party's third party voter registration license. Spokesman Scott Arceneaux calls the Republicans' voter registration problems sheer hypocrisy.
"We've got a Republican Party that for the last 18 months had been screaming about voter fraud, and actually passed new legislation last year to allegedly combat voter fraud, but little did we know the voter fraud was their own that they were concerned about. This is striking in its hypocrisy and we hope that the Division of Elections gets to the bottom of it immediately."
Republican Party of Florida spokesman Brian Burgess said in a statement that the party acted quickly to fire the company and filed the complaint with the state.
Strategic Allied Consulting has also been fired in a half dozen other swing states for possible voter registration fraud.