NC GOP fires firm amid concerns of voter registration

NC GOP fires firm amid concerns of voter registration

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Officials with the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections say they’re sending five voter registration forms to state election officials after concerns the documents could be fraudulent.  

Those five forms were submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting.  The firm was paid by republicans to register new voters in battleground states. 

The firm was subject to recent controversy in Florida where prosecutors are reviewing more than 100 suspicious forms.  The Florida GOP quickly fired the agency.  North Carolina republicans are now following the similar route.

"We take any threat to the voting process very seriously. We have terminated our relationship with Strategic Allied Consulting,” said Rob Lockwood with North Carolina GOP.

North Carolina election officials alerted county workers to review potential problems with forms submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting. 

NBC Charlotte viewed the documents in question at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, but no photos were allowed of the forms.  Director Michael Dickerson says in some forms the signatures don’t match, and some information is inconsistent.   There’s also a question about whether the forms represent actual voters.

“We got a voter registration application, and when we sent the card to him, his mother called back said 'It couldn't be him, he's in prison.'  So I don't know where they did the voter registration drive, but usually prison isn't a good place to do it,” said Dickerson.

Aside from the five forms submitted by the republican-hired firm, Mecklenburg County officials say there is one voter registration form submitted by a group supporting President Obama. 
 

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