In a last ditch effort, Democratic Senator-elect Doug Jones’ vanquished Republican opponent, Roy Moore, has filed a lawsuit to stop the results of Alabama’s special election from being certified this afternoon.
Moore and his attorney claimed there were “irregularities” in the U.S. Senate election that was held earlier this month, citing analysis by “election expert” Richard Charnin. Charnin is known for writing about JFK conspiracy theories and, recently, pushed conspiracy theories about the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
In his complaint, Moore points to high turnout in Jefferson County, which is 43% black according to Census data. Calling the 47% turnout “anomalous” and “highly unusual,” Moore said the result there called the election’s integrity into question.
Across Alabama, voter turnout was up, particularly among black voters and young voters. The black share of the vote was greater than it was in 2008 and 2012 – years when Barack Obama was on the ballot.
Moore also alleged that people from out-of-state had voted in the election.
Alabama’s Secretary of State, John Merrill, said he had found no evidence of voter fraud, but would investigate any claims submitted by Moore.
Merrill told the Associated that he expected to certify Doug Jones as the winner of the election at 1 P.M. Thursday. Jones will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in January.
Jones is the first Democrat elected to the Senate by Alabama in decades.