Roy Moore files complaint to block Alabama Senate result
29 December, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Katrina Soto
Merrill said the allegations of voting irregularities by Moore's team had been thoroughly investigated and found to be baseless, while a judge threw out a suit seeking to delay the results certification. He will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence and will assume his duties immediately after.
Republican Roy Moore, who lost, is claiming that voter fraud played a massive role in his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, pulling off an upset victory.
"As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and our nation".
Moore, a Republican, is an anti-LGBT, religious right extremist who was twice removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court - the first time for refusing to take down a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, the second time for trying to block marriage equality in the state.
Moore appeared to be the favorite in the contest to fill the Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general. And on Thursday afternoon, Alabama Circuit Judge Hardwick rejected the complaint from the Moore campaign.
Democrat Doug Jones was formally declared the victor of the bitterly contested US Senate race in the southern state of Alabama on Thursday, whittling down the Republican majority in the chamber by a crucial seat.
Alabama officials on Thursday certified Democrat Doug Jones the victor of the state's U.S. Senate race, after a state judge denied a legal challenge by Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign was derailed by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. Alabama officials are scheduled to certify the results during a 1 p.m. meeting Thursday at the State Capitol.
"I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama", the conservative Christian said.
Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes.
Janet Porter, a spokeswoman for Moore's campaign, told CNN in an interview on Thursday that the challenge aimed to ensure that votes were properly counted. Moore denied the accusations and said in the lawsuit that he had passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.
His complaint alleges that out-of-state residents had been allowed to vote and that election fraud experts had concluded through statistical analyses that fraud had taken place.
Most analysts chalk up Jones' win to a higher-than-expected turnout of black voters and younger voters who were disturbed by Moore's history of bigoted behavior and his discrimination against gay people and Muslims.
Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Moore's complaint did not raise the sort of issues that lead courts to overturn an election.
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