The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Wednesday that it is launching a criminal investigation into voter registration forms filed by a GOP vendor, Strategic Allied Consulting.
On Friday, Florida Department of State sent the FDLE registration forms filed by the Republican Party of Florida that were deemed to be suspicious by elections supervisors in several Florida counties. The FDLE spent Monday and Tuesday reviewing the forms to determine if there was any evidence of illegal activity.
"Following the review, there was criminal predicate," said FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger. “There was a possibility that crimes were committed.”
Submitting false voter registration information is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Questionable forms in a dozen counties, spanning from South Florida to the Panhandle, have turned up that suggest fraud on a wide scale. Many were incomplete, at least one was registered to a dead person, and some in Palm Beach County included addresses for voters that were business locations, such as a gas station, a Land Rover dealership and a Port Everglades administrative office.
Upon learning of the defective registration forms, the state Republican parties in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia fired Strategic Allied Consulting on Sept. 25, and the Republican Party of Florida filed an election fraud complaint last week against the firm that is now part of the criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.