Over a month ago, Roy Moore was supposedly defeated in his attempt to win Jeff Session’s old U.S. Senate seat in the state of Alabama. His campaign was dogged throughout the election with claims of sexual impropriety and misconduct, but nothing was ever proven (and after the campaign, talk about the claims disappeared almost immediately). Judge Roy Moore lost by more than 21,000 votes in what was believed to be a reliably red state, and Doug Jones seemed certain to be the next Senator from Alabama.
But still, over a month later, Roy Moore refuses to concede the race to Doug Jones. Now, Roy Moore has taken a further step, filing an election complaint on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – literally a day before the State Canvassing Board was due to certify the election results, assuring Doug Jones of his future in the U.S. Senate. Liberals could not be more furious at the development.
According to Moore, “this is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone.” Judge Moore continued on to say that “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.”
Judge Roy Moore alleges that there is enough evidence of possible election fraud to merit investigation. He cites three separate Election Integrity Experts, all of whom agree that “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty … election fraud occurred,” and further claim that election irregularities in just 20 of the more than 2,000 precincts in Alabama could throw the election in an entirely different direction.
Roy Moore’s campaign released a statement saying that in light of the circumstances, it would be best to wait to certify the results until a “thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted.”
President Donald Trump, who backed Roy Moore throughout the campaign and election, has before said that Roy Moore should concede to Doug Jones, the Democrat candidate. Trump said that he thinks Moore should concede, saying that “I want to support the person running. We need the seat. We’d like to have the seat.” However, in this particular case, Donald Trump may have good reason to regret his words.
Part of the basis for Moore’s complaint stems from statements made by canvassers and supporters of Doug Jones who, in an interview for a news agency, mentioned that they were from ‘out of state’, suggesting that they had come to vote for Doug Jones. Attached to the complaint, Moore included a signed statement from a poll worker who said she saw licenses from nearby North Carolina and Georgia as people signed in to vote, indicating that voters from outside the state were allowed to vote in the Alabama election.
The Doug Jones campaign, showing the famous class that Democrats have come to be known for in the United States, released a statement of their own concerning Moore’s complaint. The statement says, in part, that Moore’s filing is a “desperate attempt … to subvert the will of the people,” going on to suggest that it will not succeed, and that Doug Jones will still inhabit the seat formerly owned by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
It is hard to know what the outcome of the claim will be, or if the state will even be willing to investigate despite claims that citizens from other states attempted to influence the state’s vote. Failing to do so will undermine the credibility of future elections in the state of Alabama.
Further, it would not take much to overturn the results. There are 2,220 polling precincts in the state of Alabama; if every one of those precincts had 10 illegitimate votes cast, on average, that’s more than enough votes to cheat Roy Moore out of the position as Alabama Senator.
Though it may seem like this special election for a Senate seat in Alabama has continued to drag on far longer than most would like it to, it is more important that the citizens of Alabama are not cheated by out of state voters than that the state quickly certifies election results and seats the wrong person. With all of the money that flowed into the Doug Jones campaign from outside the state, is it really so hard to believe that illegitimate votes might have come as well?
The citizens of Alabama deserve a vote that they can have faith in, and Roy Moore, whether you like him or not, deserves to have serious evidence of voter fraud properly investigated.