Florida Republicans discovered that a firm they hired to help register new voters in the Sunshine State has sent in a number of questionable registrations. And they fire the firm and files a lawsuit. According to an AP Report:
Election officials in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties on Thursday handed over more than 100 suspect forms to local prosecutors. They did so days after officials in Palm Beach County also alerted prosecutors. Republicans this week fired the vendor – Strategic Allied Consulting – it had hired to register voters in crucial swing states. The Florida state party has paid the firm more than $1.3 million so far. The national Republican Party also used the group for work in Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia.
And yes, Strategic Allied Consulting was also ding work right here in Virginia and the Republican Party of Virginia also fired the group. WTVR Reports:
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The Republican Party of Virginia has terminated its relationship with Strategic Allied Consulting over allegations of potential voter registration fraud in Florida. “The Republican Party of Virginia takes any threat to the voting process very seriously. Following an alleged incident by an employee of Strategic Allied Consultants, we have terminated our contract with them effective immediately,” Chairman Pat Mullins of the Republican Party of Virginia said in a statement to CBS 6. The Virginia Republican Party, according to filings by the Federal Election Commissionobtained by CBS 6, paid Strategic Allied Consulting $500,000 this summer to register voters in Virginia. This week, the Florida Republican Party, fired the group over reports of potential voter fraud in Palm Beach County, Florida. “When we learned today about the instances of potential voter registration fraud that occurred in Palm Beach County, we immediately informed the Republican National Committee that we were terminating the contract with the voter registration vendor we hired at their request. There is no place for voter registration fraud in Florida,” Mike Grissom, Executive Director of the Florida Republican Party, told CBS 6 in a statement.
My question is: Why fire them? I would have agreed with the action back in August when I wrote the post Democrats Registering the Dead in Virginia:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote. The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints. The organization has been mass-mailing the forms — pre-populated with key information such as names and addresses — to primarily Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as young adults, unmarried women, African-Americans and Latinos.
But I was so incensed about the Democrats registering dead voters and dogs and cats that I showed up at the hearing held on the matter by the Virginia State Board of Elections. I signed up to testify before the board and I had my say. I learned a lot about the philosophy of Virginia when it comes to election fraud. And I was initially disappointed that the board decided to let it go -just ignore it. I was compelled to write Virginia State Board of Elections Turns Blind Eye to Potential Voter Fraud:
But in the end, despite this group’s past history of illegal behavior, the SBE decided to “trust” that the local Registrars get it right despite the case of the Louisa, Va felon who managed to register using one of the pre-filled forms sent to her from the group in question. I waived a copy of the application as I spoke.
However, since that time I have carefully considered the words of Kimberly Bowers, one of the three members of the Virginia State Board of Elections. Bowers seems to be a bright young woman and I am sure her words at that hearing are not tainted at all by any kind of partisan blindness. Despite her closeness to President Barack Obama and Tim Kaine – as evidenced by the photos in this article, I am sure that voter fraud is something she would never allow to happen in Virginia. And as Bowers spoke, I carried her words with me. Of course there was a chance of voter fraud if someone fills in the names of pets and dead people, but Bowers was so concerned about the potential of disenfranchising even a single voter that she thought that this left wing group in question that day, the Voter Participation Center, that was only targeting the heaviest concentrations of Democrats in the state in their mailings should be allowed to do as they will and she was perfectly willing to accept the chance of fraud to make sure all the people (in the targeted areas) could vote. And the ACLU, Move-On, the NAACP and the rest of the assembled left wing race baiters agreed. And it only takes one vote of the three to kill any request to turn this over for investigation. And we know that Kimberly Bowers will always come down on the side of registering as many as possible, even if they may be dead. Or pets. Or even dead pets. Let’s not disenfranchise anyone, right? So by firing the consultants that the Republicans had hired and now suspect of turning in some errant registration forms, the RPV is actually acting counter to the wishes and desires of the Virginia State Board of Elections. Surely Bowers would have the same view of the Republican financed group sending in bogus registrations as the left wing group, right? So you guys at the RPV need to hire even more. And don’t worry about errors. They’re fine. The Virginia State Board of Elections encourages them!