FDLE investigates GOP-hired voter registration firm

Suspicious voter registration forms reported in Clay, Duval, 8 other counties

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State election officials on Friday called in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate allegations that a Virginia-based voter registration gathering firm hired by the Republican Party of Florida may have faked or destroyed voter registration applications.

Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Department of State, said the agency has turned over a complaint filed by the RPOF against Strategic Allied Consultants, which had been gathering applications from would-be voters under a $1.3 million contract.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Florida elections officials identified suspicious voter registrations turned in by the company in 10 counties, including Bay, Clay, Duval, Escambia, Lee, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Pasco and Santa Rosa.

The state party cut ties to the company earlier this week when the allegations were exposed, according to RPOF's Executive Director Mark Grissom. On Thursday, the Republican National Committee followed suit, cancelling contracts with the company that was doing work for the RNC in at least four more states.

The complaint was not released Friday and an agency spokesman said it was being reviewed to determine what portions could be released to comply with Florida public records law.

"Some documents regarding this matter are exempt from public records disclosure at this time," Cate said. "The department will review any responsive records within its possession and provide any non-exempt documents."

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