Roy Moore files complaint seeking to stop election certification

Marie Harrington
December 29, 2017

"As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and our nation". That made him the first Democrat in a quarter of a century to win a Senate seat in Alabama. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all", Jones said.

Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by about 22,000 votes on December 12 and became the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama.

Mr Moore's campaign was deeply wounded by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago.

Merrill said the allegations of voting irregularities by Moore's team had been thoroughly investigated and found to be baseless, while a judge threw out a suit seeking to delay the results certification. A judge rejected his claims.

"People are entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts", Merrill said, then detailing some of the voter fraud claims.

The lawsuit was filed 14 hours before the state's canvassing board was expected to certify a victor.

Democrat Doug Jones was formally declared the victor of the bitterly contested US Senate race in the southern state of Alabama on Thursday, whittling down the Republican majority in the chamber by a crucial seat.

He refused to concede the race and filed a last-ditch lawsuit Wednesday, saying there were voting irregularities that needed to be investigated.

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In a contentious interview on CNN on Thursday, Moore spokeswoman Janet Porter defended the campaign's lawsuit attempting to block the certification of election results.

If Alabama officials do not order a recount, Mr Jones is expected to be seated in the US Senate in early January.

Along with his lawsuit, Moore also submitted an affidavit claiming that he took a polygraph test "within days" of the special election. A judge denied his request to stop the election certification. Shortly before the 1 p.m. "It's time to move on", Sam Coleman wrote in an email.

"We will sign the documents certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama", Merrill said.

Roy Moore is going to court to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the victor of the U.S. Senate race.

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.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told The Associated Press Wednesday evening that Jones will be certified as the victor Thursday.

The number has been raised to 118 voter fraud complaints, with 85 so far having been adjudicated, Merrill said.

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