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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fallout Over Voter Efforts


Republican Party leaders in four more states have fired a consulting firm that was hired to register new voters, after suspect forms linked to the company were discovered in Florida.

State party officials in Florida fired the company, Strategic Allied Consulting, last week. Party leaders in Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia will also no longer use the company, said Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.

Ten Florida counties have discovered more than 100 suspicious voter registration forms related to get-out-the-vote efforts by the company. No questionable forms tied to the company's work have been found in any other states, Ms. Kukowski said.

The comp any, which was paid $3 million by the Republican Party and hired 4,000 contract employees to register voters in the five states, denied wrongdoing, calling the accusations libelous.

“Strategic Allied Consulting has never tolerated even minimal violations of election law when registering voters,” the firm said in a statement.

It said the company was proud of its record of registering Republicans, Democrats and independent voters and would “continue to address any suspicions of problematic voter registrations quickly and without fail.”

The company, which is based in Tempe, Ariz., is owned by Nathan Sproul, who has been involved in voter registration efforts since at least the 2004 presidential election. Mr. Sproul was once the executive director of the Arizona Republican Party.