SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

September 30, 2012

FL GOP Voter scandal

(I don’t generally get into stuff like this. . . we are so inundated with all the political ins and outs.  Who isn’t sick of it all?     But when I think of all the turbulence this has caused in almost every state in the union;  all the effort and money spent to steal off this election by making it hard or impossible for many to even vote -primarily those with pigmented skin, because as the thinking goes – – they’re just gonna vote for Obama – – we’ll fix that!  That may be the cause area, but the justification has been because of “voter fraud”.  It has been well concluded – there is no or hardly any voter fraud found anywhere,  til now.     And, it’s just too sad,  it’s coming from what used to be our Grand old Party, now the radical right.    I’m gonna be so glad to see this year close.    Jan)

FLORIDA GOP

Scandal of voter signups widens

By Gary Fineout ASSOCIATED PRESS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What first appeared to be an isolated problem in one Florida county now has spread statewide, with election officials in nine counties informing prosecutors or state election officials about questionable voter-registration forms filled out on behalf of the state Republican Party.

Republican officials already have fired the vendor hired to register voters, and they took the additional step of filing an election-fraud complaint with state officials against the company, Strategic Allied Consulting.    “We are doing what we can to find out how broad the scope is,” said Brian Burgess, spokesman for Florida’s GOP.

The Florida Democratic Party called on the state to “revoke” the ability of state Republicans to continue to register voters while the investigation continues. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election is Oct. 9.

“It is clear that the Republican Party of Florida does not have the institutional controls in place to be trusted as a third-party, voter-registration organization,” said Scott Arceneaux, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party.

The state Republican Party has paid Strategic Allied Consulting more than $1.3 million, and the Republican National Committee has used the group for work in Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia.

  • The company said this week that it is cooperating with elections officials in Florida. It said the suspect forms were turned in by one person, who has been fired.
  • In Florida, it is a third-degree felony to “willfully submit” false voter-registration information, a crime punishable by five years in prison.

In recent years, Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature — citing suspicious voter-registration forms turned in by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN — has cracked down on groups holding voter-registration drives.

The League of Women Voters filed a federal lawsuit against some of the restrictions, and Florida agreed this month to drop a new requirement that registration applications be turned in within 48 hours after they are signed. The state has reinstated a 10-day deadline.

The questionable forms tied to the Republican Party have showed up in southern Florida, including Miami-Dade County, and in counties in southwestern and northeastern Florida and the Panhandle.

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