Roy Moore Continues to Not Take No for an Answer, Files Last-Minute Voter Fraud Complaint [UPDATED]

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On Wednesday night, just hours before Alabama officials plan to
certify the results of the election he miraculously lost,
failed Senate candidate Roy Moore has sued to block the state
from certifying Doug Jones as the winner, citing “election
fraud.” He would like a voter fraud investigation, Jones’s
certification delayed, and an election do-over, please, thanks
so much!

“It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be
certified [Thursday] at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice
President Pence on the third of January,” Alabama Secretary of
State John Merrill
told
Politico.

In the weeks after he lost to Jones by under 21,000 votes,
Moore has opted not to concede the election even after Trump

urged
him to do so. In the complaint, Moore
essentially claims
that a higher-than-usual
African-American turnout amounts to fraud, which is… at least
straight to the incredibly racist point! He also provides an
affidavit claiming to have “successfully completed a polygraph
test confirming the representations of misconduct against him
during the campaign are completely false,” so I guess that’s
settled.

To bolster his argument, Moore cites the creative stylings of
one Richard Charnin, an “Election Research Quantitative
Analyst” and author of
77 Billion to One: 2016 Election Fraud
. In keeping
with his brand, Charnin believes “the probability of the
election results in these precincts happening naturally is
‘less than one in 15 billion.’”

Charnin has a
website
dedicated to conspiracy theories about the 2016
election, the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich and the JFK
assassination, and he claims, among other things, to have

proven
that “the Warren Commission was a hoax and Oswald
was framed.” This year has really just been one very large
perpetually-emptying clown car, hasn’t it?

“This desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the
people will not succeed,” Jones spokesperson Sam Coleman

told
ABC News. “The election is over, it’s time to move
on.”

UPDATE: Alabama officials have certified Doug
Jones as the winner of the special Senate election. From the
New York Times:

The certification leaves Mr. Moore, 70, a former chief
justice of the Alabama Supreme Court whose campaign faltered
partly because of allegations of sexual misconduct against
teenage girls, with almost no avenues to derail Mr. Jones’s
ascension to the Senate. The election aftermath followed a
familiar pattern for Mr. Moore, who in the past has been
eager to declare victories and
pronounce grievances
— but loathe to concede defeats. To
this day, Republicans note, Mr. Moore has not conceded his
losses in the 2006 or 2010 Republican primaries for governor,
and there is already speculation in Montgomery that he might
run for for governor or attorney general next year.

“You win with class, you lose with class, and he just can’t
do it,” Angi Horn Stalnaker, a Republican strategist who ran
campaigns, with mixed success, against Mr. Moore, said
acidly.

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