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State GOP Fires Voter Sign-Up Firm Over Florida Fraud

The North Carolina Republican Party has fired a company paid to register new voters following cases of fraud uncovered in Florida.

North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood said Monday the party has terminated its relationship with Strategic Allied Consulting, a private company paid more than $3 million to register voters in several presidential battleground states.

The State Board of Elections is alerting county officials to scrutinize all new voter registrations because of fraud concerns.

The move comes after Florida prosecutors began reviewing more than 100 suspect forms submitted by the company's employees in several counties.

The issue has become political baggage for Republicans, who have championed new laws requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID to combat voter fraud they claimed had been perpetrated by left-leaning groups.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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