After the Alabama Senate election, Judge Roy Moore has still refused to concede. Today, he has made his reasons clear. Moore has filed an election complaint citing potential voter fraud and asked that there be a delay in certifying the final results.
Is this the last desperate attempt of a man who was squarely (if narrowly) beaten, or could there be some actual substance to his claim?
“The purpose of the complaint is to preserve evidence of potential election fraud and to postpone the certification of Alabama’s Special Election by Secretary of State John Merrill until a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted,” said Moore’s office in a prepared statement.
The allegations suggest that there were major irregularities in voting patterns and supposed evidence that voters from outside the state were shipped in to vote for Doug Jones. Moore claims to have several election fraud experts on hand who agree with his view.
The race was so close that even a minor amount of meddling or fraud would have been enough to tip the balance. With less than 22,000 vote margin out of a vote of over 1.3 million, it was an incredibly close race.
What of the sexual misconduct allegation spearheaded by Gloria Allred? What will now happen to the largely discredited yearbook that undoubtedly cost Moore a lot of his support? Will it ever be brought before an analyst to verify (or disprove) the charges?
Moore is being dragged through the press yet again; this time as being a sore loser. However, if there is evidence (no matter how small) that Jones, his team or supporters were involved in voter fraud or voter manipulation, shouldnt it be looked into.
The Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill, announced on Thursday morning that he intends to go ahead with plans regardless of complaints by Moore. He said:
“We will sign the documents certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama. He will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on January 3 when the Senate returns.”
If fact, Mr. Merrill did certify the election early Thursday afternoon. The action, during a brief meeting at the State Capitol, was essentially the state’s final step before the seating of the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in a quarter century. It was also a swift rejection of Mr. Moore’s complaint that he was the victim of “systematic voter fraud.”
Merrill, a Republican who voted for Mr. Moore, said he had found no evidence of endemic fraud and refused to postpone certification proceedings. Judge Johnny Hardwick of Montgomery County Circuit Court, citing a lack of jurisdiction, dismissed Mr. Moore’s complaint minutes before the vote was certified.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.