Front Range district attorney investigating case of possible voter registration fraud
A Front Range district attorney is investigating possible voter registration fraud tied to the same company that is involved in what is becoming a national voter registration scandal in several battleground states.
Casimir Spenser, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, confirmed that a probe was underway but provided no details because the matter was under investigation.
The office serves Douglas, Arapahoe, Elbert and Lincoln counties.
The investigation was sparked after Colorado Ethics Watch filed a Colorado Open Records Act request with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office last week asking for all correspondence with Strategic Allied Partners, Strategic Allied Consulting and Nathan Sproul, owner of the two companies that have been hired by numerous GOP committees in recent years primarily to handle voter registration drives.
“This is voter registration fraud, not just someone casting ballots when they shouldn’t,” said Luis Toro, executive director of the left-leaning Ethics Watch. “It’s a criminal matter. Until now, we believed the problems were only in Florida. Now we know it isn’t.”
Sproul is the former executive director of the Arizona Christian Coalition and the Arizona Republican Party.
Several of his companies have been hired by the Colorado GOP and the National Republican Party to register voters in battleground states.
That ended last month, however, when the national party fired the firm after Florida elections officials in 10 counties announced they were investigating several questionable registrations provided by the firm.
That story quickly spread and now the company’s registrations also are being investigated in Virginia, North Carolina and Nevada.
“When the Republican Party cut ties with this company in all the states, they were being abundantly cautious and there was no reason to think there was a problem anywhere else,” Toro said. “It takes it from being a renegade situation in one state to a possible national problem.”
The Colorado GOP fired the firm last week after a You Tube video went viral showing a Strategic Allied worker falsely claiming to be working for the El Paso County Clerk’s office but admitting that she was only registering Republican voters.
Toro said the issue is far worse than the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now in 2008. That group, more commonly known as ACORN, faced accusations of voter fraud that later turned out to be untrue.
Still, the group lost its government and private funding and was forced to disband.
“ACORN went down for less than this,” Toro said.