Alabama officials certify Doug Jones' win in special US Senate election
Dec 29 2017
In an interview on December 15, Mr. Merrill, a Republican who voted for Mr. Moore, flatly declared: "I have not seen any irregularities or any inconsistencies that are outside the norm". Alabama "will suffer irreparable harm" otherwise, the complaint argues, going on to urge state leaders to call a new special election. Doug Jones will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator by Vice President Mike Pence when the Senate reconvenes in the new year.
Minutes before the Alabama election canvassing board met to certify the result, a circuit judge in Montgomery County denied Republican Roy Moore's last-ditch request for a temporary restraining order to prevent certifying Jones as victor. When CNN anchor Dana Bash noted that Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is slated to certify the election results Thursday afternoon and not delay per Moore's request, Porter said that he and other Alabama officials could be in jeopardy.
He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became USA attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year.
Moore lost the election by more than 20,000 votes, with Jones winning by a gap of 1.5 percentage points - 49.9 to 48.4.
Alabama election officials certified Democrat Doug Jones on Thursday as the victor of the state's highly watched U.S. Senate election.
Moore lost the Alabama special Senate election after numerous women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Shortly before the 1 p.m. "The governor, Kay Ivey, our attorney general Steve Marshall and I will meet in the office of the secretary state, in the executive office, and we will sign the documents certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama". "This desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people will not succeed", he told the Post. Mr. Moore's lawsuit was certainly late in coming: His lawyers filed the complaint at 10:33 p.m. on Wednesday, and his campaign announced it less than an hour later.
Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes.
"This election has been conducted with the utmost integrity", Merrill told a news conference.
Prominent conservatives who allege voter fraud is more prevalent than evidence now suggests declined to add their voice to Moore's complaint. The accusations of sexual misconduct on the part of Moore were also addressed in the complaint, which claimed that the candidate had passed a polygraph test.
Moore has sent several fundraising emails to supporters asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud.
Moore has denied wrongdoing and Reuters has not been able to independently verify the allegations.
Seating Jones will narrow the Republican majority in the Senate to 51 of 100 seats.
"It's a very weak complaint, it does not rely on any election experts I've ever heard of and it makes claims that on their face do not appear to be plausible, or appear to be irrelevant", said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine.