PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Palm Beach County elections supervisor is calling for a statewide voter fraud inquiry after several other Florida counties followed Palm Beach in questioning registration forms turned in by a group that used to be on the Republican party's payroll.
As early as Monday, election workers will start poring over some sixty thousand voter forms in Palm Beach County that have recently been changed , to make sure that the changes were made by the voters themselves and not fraudulently by Strategic Allied Consulting.
On Wednesday, Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher showed us the stack of 106 forms she suspected were doctored by the third party group.
They were fired this week by state and national Republican parties.
It was their job to get out the vote for Mitt Romney by registering new voters.
Today, Bucher pushed the statewide president of elections supervisors to formulate a plan to examine recently changed voter records not just in Palm Beach, but all over Florida.
That could mean hundreds of thousands of forms have to be examined before Election Day to make sure signatures and addresses are legitimate.
The worry is that voters could get to polling places in November and not be on the rolls because their information was changed by Strategic Allied Consulting without even knowing it.
"We what have to do is try and verify, if we received the application through a third party voter registration organization, we might want to take a bigger look at that and even contact the voter before election day," said Bucher.
Strategic Allied Consulting defended their practices today, telling NBC News that the fraud in Florida was caused by a bad apple.
"It angers me when anyone in this country tries to commit voter fraud," said Nathan Sproul, the firm's head.
Bucher says she may ask the Florida Division of Law Enforcement step in and demand that Strategic Allied Consulting turn over all their paperwork so that they can see exactly who they submitted voter forms for.
"I don't think its a crisis. We found it, we're aware of it, and it's unfortunate that it's spreading throughout the state. If we get a good handle on it right away, we can address it," said Bucher.
Bucher says it's impossible to go through and see who submitted each new voter form because there's no data field for it in their entry system, and she says that's something the state legislature should take up during its next session.
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