An election complaint was filed Wednesday on behalf of former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and his campaign in the Circuit Court of Montgomery, Ala. in an effort to block state officials from declaring Democrat Doug Jones the official victor in Alabama’s Senate special election.
In the complaint, Moore alleged there was voter fraud and called on Secretary of State John Merrill to postpone the certification of the Dec. 12 election results until a thorough investigation has concluded.
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement late Wednesday night announcing the lawsuit. “We call on Secretary of State Merrill to delay certification until there is a thorough investigation of what three independent election experts agree took place: election fraud sufficient to overturn the outcome of the election.”
According to Moore, three national election integrity experts reached the same independent conclusion: “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty… election fraud occurred.”
However, Merrill has gone on record saying it is “highly unlikely” that Jones would not be certified as the winner, given the unofficial results: — Jones received 671,151 votes (50 percent), to Moore’s 650,436 votes (48 percent). With an additional 22,819 (2 percent) write-ins.
Merrill must now certify the votes, which includes counting provisional and military ballots. He said the certification process will start no earlier than December 26, and not later than Jan. 3.
Certification is expected to be complete Thursday, Dec. 28.