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Virginia Lawmakers Want Holder To Investigate Voter Registration Fraud

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Three Democratic congressmen from Virginia are calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation into voter fraud. 

Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott want Holder to conduct a multi-state investigation of voter registration fraud connected to Strategic Allied Consulting and its subsidiary, Pinpoint. The three sent a letter to Holder this week calling for the probe. 

The request follows voter fraud allegations in three states and the recent arrest of a Pinpoint employee in Harrisonburg, Va., on 13 counts of voter registration fraud. Strategic Allied Consulting, which is under investigation by Florida's Department of Law Enforcement, faces more than 200 allegations of voter registration fraud, including the registration of dead people. 

"The number of allegations in a multitude of locations would suggest something more than the isolated acts of 'a few bad apples,'" the lawmakers wrote to Holder. "We respectfully request the Justice Department to assume the responsibility and conduct its own investigation, given the mounting evidence that one company may have been engaged in a similar multi-state effort to commit voter registration fraud."

The Virginia representatives argued coordinated attempts to destroy or tamper with voter registration forms threaten the integrity of the electoral process. Pinpoint operates throughout Virginia, including in Fairfax County, Prince William County and Loudoun County. 

Virginia's voting process is in the national spotlight this year, as a key swing state in the presidential election.

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