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Republican Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama Senate result, alleging voter fraud

Democrat Doug Jones was announced the winner of the 12 December special election.

Roy Moore
Roy Moore
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US REPUBLICAN ROY Moore has filed a lawsuit to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the US Senate race.

The court filing occurred about 14 hours ahead of today’s meeting of a state canvassing board to officially declare Jones the winner of the 12 December special election. Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes.

Moore’s attorney wrote in the complaint filed last night that he believed there were irregularities during the election and said there should be a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement announcing the complaint.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told The Associated Press that he has no intention of delaying the canvassing board meeting.

“It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified at 1pm and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on 3 January,” Merrill said.

In the complaint, Moore’s attorneys noted the higher than expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said that Moore’s numbers were suspiciously low in about 20 Jefferson County precincts.

Merrill said he has so far not found evidence of voter fraud, but that his office will investigate any complaint that Moore submits.

Moore has not conceded the race to Jones and has sent several fundraising emails to supporters asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud.

Jones and Moore were competing to fill the US Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore’s campaign was wounded by accusations against Moore of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago.

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