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The Latest: Voter registrations probed, 2nd office searched
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into possible voter registration fraud in Pennsylvania (all times local):
A probe of possible voter registration fraud in Pennsylvania is widening, with state police searching a second office belonging to a grassroots organizer that works with Democrats.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the police raid took place Thursday night at a FieldWorks LLC office in Philadelphia. Court documents say the police were looking for templates that could be used to "construct fraudulent voter registration forms."
State police searched a FieldWorks office in Delaware County last week.
FieldWorks says it "has the most rigorous quality controls in the industry and zero tolerance for fraud." It says it's cooperating with local officials and "will work aggressively with authorities to seek the prosecution of anyone involved in wrongdoing."
FieldWorks clients include the Democratic National Committee and statewide Democratic Party organizations.
Election officials in suburban Philadelphia are questioning the validity of thousands of voter registration applications submitted by a grassroots organizer that works with Democrats, saying they're rife with errors and might not have been turned in on time.
The Delaware County Voter Registration Commission scheduled a hearing Friday to determine whether the applications were submitted by the Oct. 11 state deadline to register for next week's election.
At issue are voter registration applications submitted by FieldWorks LLC, which describes itself as a "grassroots organizing company for progressive organizations and Democratic campaigns."
Court documents show state police obtained a warrant to search FieldWorks' Delaware County office for evidence of voter registration fraud.
Company spokesman Matt Dorf says FieldWorks "has the most rigorous quality controls in the industry and zero tolerance for fraud."
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