Roy Moore Asks Alabama Court to Block Election's Certification

Elias Hubbard
January 2, 2018

Moore - who has refused to concede the race everyone else has considered over since 10:30 p.m. on December 12 - has an alternate theory: He is the victim of rampant voter fraud.

"Election fraud experts across the country have agreed that this is a fraudulent election", he said in a statement to NBC News.

"We will sign the documents certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama", Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said on CNN this morning.

Jones is the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from the heavily Republican state in 25 years. Nevertheless, on election night Moore suggested that there would be a recount - which is only triggered in Alabama when the results are within half a percentage point - and claimed military ballots might sway the race, though only 8,700 Alabamans are now serving.

Moore claimed he has evidence of voters coming from other states to cast a ballot in Alabama.

Moore's defeat was not only a rejection of Trump's appeals but also trims the Republican majority in the US Senate, making attempts to move the president's agenda even more hard. Since then, provisional and military ballots have been counted, confirming Jones's lead, while county-by-county tabulations of the write-in vote have found that Sen.

Alabama Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick, however, denied Moore's attempt Thursday afternoon. Moore, a Republican, is an anti-LGBT, religious right extremist who was twice removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court - the first time for refusing to take down a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, the second time for trying to block marriage equality in the state.

"This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone", Moore said in a statement released Wednesday announcing the complaint.

Jones won 49.97 percent of the vote compared to Moore's 48.34 percent, a margin of almost 22,000 votes out of 1.35 million cast - a record for a special election. "The election is over, it's time to move on".

Moore submitted an election complaint late Wednesday alleging potential voter fraud that could have impacted the results enough to tip the race toward his opponent.

"This desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people will not succeed", said Sam Coleman.

Moore vs. Jones inspired national attention, a rarity for Alabama politics, when the Washington Post published a piece alleging that Moore had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Moore originally said he did date some of the women but later denied knowing any of them.

In the complaint, Moore's attorneys noted the higher than expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore's numbers were suspiciously low in about 20 Jefferson County precincts.

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