It’s not over until the fat lady sings, apparently, in Alabama. Though, that ‘fat lady’ may have taken the form of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill who announced he will press ahead with certifying the results of a special election for the U.S. Senate over the objections of Roy Moore and official election fraud complaints.
The contentious and nationalized race between Judge Roy Moore (R) and uber-Lefists Doug Jones for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was filled to the brim with character smears that most of the nation is likely tired of hearing about.
Moore was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls nearly 40 years ago, a charge he adamantly denied and one Jones and the national Democratic machine milked as much as possible to achieve a seeming victory by about 20,000 votes in the Republican stronghold of Alabama.
Recently, Moore urged the Alabama Secretary of State to delay certifying the results of the race due to evidence of significant voter fraud. The Secretary of State is planning to go ahead with certification anyway.
“In its last-minute court battle to stop state officials from certifying Jones as the winner, the Moore campaign said certification should be delayed until a “thorough investigation of potential election fraud,” according to a press release.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, however, told CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning that he will certify Jones as the winner later in the day.
“Will this affect anything?” Merrill said, referring to Moore’s challenge. “The short answer to that is no.”
Previously, Merrill has said it is “highly unlikely” that Jones would not be certified as the winner of the election.”
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It seems officials in Alabama are eager to put the dramatic political race behind them, but the Moore campaign is raising concerns that, at the very least, warrant some inspection.
“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.
Moore’s complaint also alleged “anomalous” higher voter turnout in Jefferson County, in which census data shows 43% of the population is black. He called the county’s 47% voter turnout as “highly unusual” and questioned the integrity of its election results.”
During election day, there were several reports of out-of-state license plates at polling stations and turnout numbers in some districts were so high as to be unbelievable.
Since the election, dominated by allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women with questionable stories and motivations, the Moore accusers have all but disappeared.
Maybe they served their purpose to derail the Moore campaign? Moore has since offered polygraph tests to further bolster his claim of innocence.
“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. Moore says that he took the polygraph test after the December 12 election, according to his affidavit, included in the complaint.
In the affidavit Moore states, “the results of the examination reflected that I did not know, nor had I ever had any sexual contact with any of these individuals.”
He called the allegations “false and malicious attacks on my character.”
In a press release, Moore implored supporters to call state officials to delay certifying the results.”
Assuming the results are certified, state officials run quite a risk of backlash if subsequent analyses indicate significant voter fraud was indeed a factor in the narrow election win by Jones.
Alabamans will certainly remember the condescending national spotlight and Establishment pressures they faced two years from now when the regular 2020 elections for the U.S. Senate seat are held.