Refusing to concede, failed candidate Roy Moore has doubled down on his claims of voter irregularities in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of the Democratic opponent who pulled off a historic upset last month in a traditionally deep-red state.
Moore asked a judge late Wednesday to issue a restraining order to stop the state’s canvassing board coming from certifying Doug Jones’ victory on Thursday. nevertheless Secretary of State John Merrill told the Associated Press of which Moore’s action “is actually not going to delay certification as well as Doug Jones … will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January.”
Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes inside the Dec. 12 special election. Moore’s attorney wrote inside the wide-ranging complaint of which he believed there were irregularities during the election, including of which voters may have been brought in coming from different states.
He attached a statement coming from a poll worker of which she had noticed licenses coming from Georgia as well as North Carolina as people signed in to vote.
The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout inside the race, particularly in Jefferson County, as well as said of which Moore’s numbers were lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts. The complaint asks for a fraud investigation as well as eventually a brand new election.
“of which is actually not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement released Wednesday announcing the complaint.
Merrill said he has so far not found any evidence of voter fraud, nevertheless he has said of which his office will investigate any complaint Moore submits.
A spokesman for Jones called Moore’s last-minute lawsuit a “desperate attempt.”
Jones spokesman Sam Coleman said Thursday of which Moore’s attempt to “subvert the will of the people will not succeed.”
Echoing a previous refrain coming from Jones, Coleman added, “The election is actually over. the item’s time to move on.”
Moore’s campaign was deeply wounded by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago. Moore has denied the misconduct accusations as well as says he has taken as well as passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.
Moore has sent several fundraising emails to supporters asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud.
Jones as well as Moore were competing to fill the U.S. Senate seat of which previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.