This would have been helpful before the election, I suppose.
Roy Moore has refused to concede the Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat.
Moore was believed to be the favorite to win the seat in one of the reddest states in the country, right up until the point where he wasn’t.
The last weeks of Moore’s otherwise promising run at the Senate was mired in controversy when several women came forward to tell of inappropriate relationships and encounters with Moore from the 70s and early 80s.
During that period, Moore was a 30-something year old district
attorney, and the women who came forward were teenagers.
It’s hard to say if the controversy was the sole reason Moore lost. He wasn’t a great candidate to begin with, as he carried a lot of baggage with him.
Still, Moore is not giving up without a fight, and late Wednesday evening he filed in court to stop today’s certification of Doug
Jones, alleging voter fraud.
"Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false," Moore's campaign said in a Wednesday press release.
That should have come before the election, actually. It could have changed the conversation, at the very least.
I doubt the results of a polygraph test being brought up now, after the election, are going to help him. He’s alleging election fraud, so he needs to show that the voting process, itself, was somehow compromised.
Moore is asking Alabama Secretary of State John Merill to
delay the meeting until an investigation can show whether voting "irregularities" impacted the election, telling his supporters to call Merrill, Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall, to postpone the decision to certify Jones's victory.
“The purpose of the complaint is to preserve evidence of
potential election fraud and to postpone the certification of Alabama’s Special Election by Secretary of State John Merrill until a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted,” Moore’s campaign said in a statement.
“We call on Secretary of State Merrill to delay certification until there is a thorough investigation,” the statement continued, while pointing to “three independent election experts” who say there was “election fraud sufficient to overturn the outcome of the election.”
One of those “experts” is a big conspiracy theorist, known
for, among other things, insisting that the death of John F. Kennedy was part of a conspiracy.
If the courts fail to agree with Moore and move on issuing
the requested restraining order, Democrat Doug Jones will be certified today at 1pm.