Moore again calls Alabama election 'fraudulent'

Casey Dawson
December 29, 2017

The complaint was filed less than 24 hours before Alabama election officials certified Jones as the victor, paving the way for his swearing-in to the Senate next month.

Mr Jones will be sworn in on January 3 and is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in 25 years.

"I am looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama", Jones, a 63-year-old former federal prosecutor, said in a statement.

A spokesman for Merrill said an Alabama judge denied Moore's request to block certification of the results of the December 12 election in a decision shortly before the canvassing board was to meet.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick on Thursday denied a last-ditch legal bid by Mr Moore for a restraining order to stop Alabama's canvassing board from certifying Mr Jones' victory.

He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became USA attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year.

The final margin was 21,924 votes, or 1.63 percent.

Alabama's Republican Secretary of State John Merrill tried to make it as clear as possible that widespread voter fraud did not occur in Alabama's special Senate election that saw Democrat Doug Jones pull off a shocking upset over embattled Republican Roy Moore.

Alabama's election canvassing board is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to certify the election result.

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Moore's challenge alleged there had been potential voter fraud that denied him a chance of victory.

Merrill also said he was able to identify a young man who appeared on local TV on election night - and seemed to suggest people had come from other states to vote for Jones.

Present for the certification of the Senate election results were board members Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State John Merrill. Moore bested the interim senator, Luther Strange, in the Republican primary.

A spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore's action a "desperate subvert the will of the people".

Trump congratulated Jones after the unofficial vote counts were tallied, but said in a tweet sent later that day that "the deck was stacked against" Moore.

The complaint also contained an affidavit from Moore "stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false". Whilst the election may well have been subject to a certain amount of irregularity, the question was always whether the amount of fraud committed changed the outcome.

Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Moore's complaint did not raise the sort of issues that lead courts to overturn an election.

The election result was a blow to President Trump, who gave Mr Moore his full-throated support, even as other Republicans distanced themselves following the misconduct allegations.

Regarding the claim of voter fraud, Merrill told CNN that more than 100 cases had been reported.

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