After losing the Alabama special election on Dec. 12, Roy Moore refused to concede, telling supporters to “wait on God” for the correct result. Absent intervention from the Almighty, Moore has filed a lawsuit to stop the state from certifying his Democratic opponent Doug Jones as the winner of the Senate seat.
Lodged just hours before Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was due to officially declare Jones the winner, the complaint alleges voter fraud and asks for a delay in certification pending a "thorough investigation.”
The Moore campaign claims that out-of-state residents were allowed to vote, and that a “highly unusual” turnout in Jefferson County indicated election fraud. The lawsuit questions the integrity of 20 precincts in total and demands a new special election.
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement.
The lawsuit cites “election expert” Richard Charmin, a conspiracy theorist who, when not writing about Lee Harvey Oswald, claims widespread voter fraud against Donald Trump in the November 2016 vote.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Merrill said he had no intention of delaying Thursday’s canvassing board meeting to declare Jones’ victory.
"It is not going to delay certification, and Doug Jones will be certified at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on January 3," he said.
The secretary of state said he would probe any complaints submitted by Moore’s campaign but had so far found no evidence of fraud.
The 70-year-old was expected to win handily in the conservative stronghold, but his campaign was dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct against teenagers, including touching a 14-year-old when Moore was in his 30s.
Moore has denied the allegations.
The Alabama defeat was a blow to Donald Trump, who gave Moore his backing despite the allegations. The day after Jones’ win, Trump’s Twitter account did post a gracious and grammatically correct tweet congratulating the Democrat on the victory.