It seems there’s more controversy headed for the Alabama senate election, as Secretary of State John Merrill has said he is going to certify Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the seat, despite the fact Roy Moore filed a challenge to the results.
Moore filed the complaint on December 27, stating the intent to preserve evidence of potential election fraud as a means of delaying the certification of Jones until an investigation could be performed.
Three different election integrity experts have reached the independent conclusion that “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty…election fraud occurred.”
Here’s more on this from WAFF:
Just before midnight, Moore filed a complaint in the circuit court of Montgomery, claiming three experts told him they believe there was voter fraud. He’s asking certification be postponed until a thorough investigation is complete.
An attorney representing Doug Jones filed a motion to dismiss the claim on Thursday claiming that “there is a lack of subject matter jurisdiction; fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted; and/or has no basis in law.”
Merrill made the comments during a phone interview live on CNN Thursday morning. When asked if new claims of voter fraud from Roy Moore will impact the timeline, Merrill’s answer: “The short answer to that is ‘no’. Doug Jones will be certified Thursday at 2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST.
The Governor, Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and I will meet in the offices of the Secretary of State, and the Executive Office and we will sign the documents certifying him as the Senator for the State of Alabama. He will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the 3rd of January when the Senate returns.”
Moore has also stated that he took a polygraph test confirming that the sexual assault allegations against him are false.
If there exists even a slight chance that the integrity of an election has been compromised, it’s critical to the survival of our republic that an investigation be launched, any fraud discovered be dealt with, and the results adjusted accordingly.
Voting is the primary way Americans get their voices heard in the legal process of our country. It’s the one opportunity we all have to shape the future direction our nation takes, so any assault on that system is an assault on the very fabric of our liberty.
The fact that Moore has several experts, all of whom examined his claims independently, who have come to the same conclusion that election fraud occurred, says that something fishy is going on and warrants a second look by investigators.
Merrill brushing this all off and ignoring it, going forward with the certification of Jones certainly makes it seem as if they are doing something shady and underhanded. If Jones is really confident he has the support of the majority in Alabama, why not go ahead and allow an investigation? Is there something to hide?
Let’s hope this matter gets taken more seriously and gets the investigation it deserves, otherwise, we ought to fear for the integrity of the elections coming next year.