When will Doug Jones be sworn in to the US Senate?
29 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Irene Delgado
Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the victor of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.
Mr Moore's lawyer said the goal of the complaint was 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".
Alabama's Republican secretary of state shredded claims of voter fraud in the state's special Senate election in a Thursday CNN interview.
Moore's complaint cites four so-called experts on why there should be a new election, but some of them come with "baggage", the Post reports.
In a statement following his victory's certification on Thursday, Jones said he is "looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year".
Certification is set to take place later Thursday. "It's time to move on", Sam Coleman wrote in an email.
"The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election", Trump wrote on December 12, referencing the candidate he backed in the primary. "He will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January when the Senate returns".
Prominent conservatives who allege voter fraud is more prevalent than evidence now suggests declined to add their voice to Moore's complaint.
Mr Jones won 49.9% of the vote compared to Moore's 48.4%, a margin of almost 21,000 votes out of 1.3 million cast.
Unusual lost the Republican primary to former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.
In his own statement after the results were certified, Moore repeated his charge that the election was "fraudulent".
Moore lost the race to Jones by a margin of 1.5 percent - just under 21,000 votes. Less than half an hour before the three-member Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet, Fox News reported that a federal judge had rejected Moore's challenge, clearing the way for Jones' victory to be certified.
A spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore's action a "desperate attempt.to subvert the will of the people".
He will takeover the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Canvassing Board, consisting of Governor Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall - all Republicans - met on schedule and certified the election result.
Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes.
"Any citizen has the opportunity to submit an allegation of voter fraud that they've witnessed", Merrill said.
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