When will Doug Jones be sworn in to the US Senate?
When will Doug Jones be sworn in to the US Senate?
Brianna Keilar and John Merrill. Screenshot CNN
29 December, 2017, 01:56
During an interview with CNN, Merrill, who voted for Moore, outlined some of the voter fraud claims his office has had to deal with in the weeks that followed Jones's surprise victory and Moore's refusal to concede the race.
Papers launching the case were filed about 14 hours before Thursday's meeting of a state canvassing board to officially declare Mr Jones the victor of the December 12 special election.
Sam Coleman said: "The election is over".
In his election complaint, Moore stated that he took a polygraph test over the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by Leigh Corfman, Beverly Nelson and Tina Johnson.
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, officials said - a record for a special election.
In his own statement after the results were certified, Moore repeated his charge that the election was "fraudulent".
In a complaint filed in the circuit court here in Alabama's capital, Mr. Moore's campaign argued that such fraud had tainted the December 12 special election, which Mr. Moore lost to Doug Jones by fewer than 22,000 votes, and that the Alabama authorities had inadequately investigated claims of misconduct.
Doug Jones' campaign subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the complaint.
Mr Moore has been accused of multiple sexual abuses involving children.
"This desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people will not succeed", he told the Post.
"This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone", Mr Moore said in a statement. Alabama "will suffer irreparable harm" otherwise, the complaint argues, going on to urge state leaders to call a new special election.
Merrill's office received roughly 120 complaints of voter fraud, mostly from sources outside Alabama, and roughly 70% had already been investigated and adjudicated.
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Moore's complaint also alleged "anomalous" higher voter turnout in Jefferson County, in which census data shows 43% of the population is black.
"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.
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