Roy Moore Makes a Last-Minute Move to Prevent His Election Loss From Becoming Official

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak at a press conference, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Roy Moore is going down swinging.

Moore has not conceded Alabama’s December 12 special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat, and late Wednesday he filed with state circuit court, in an attempt to get a temporary restraining order that would stop the certification of the election results, claiming election fraud.


“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement released by the campaign.


Moore may not be getting a lot of support from the state, however.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill isn’t particularly moved by Moore’s efforts, and says that the canvassing board meeting will go on, as scheduled.

“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,” Merrill said.

Moore has apparently been light on providing proof to back up his claim of election fraud, but claims that three election experts have backed up his claims “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty.”

What certainty?

Nobody is saying, and the only expert he’s citing at this time is Richard Charnin, a rather dubious guy, himself.

Charnin is quoted as saying that the probability of the election results being accurate was less than one in 15 billion.



I mean, that sounds like kind of an unrealistic number. And by “unrealistic,” I mean totally made up. Where would a number like that come from?

Charnin, who says he has three degrees in applied mathematics, is a prominent figure among believers that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy. He has also argued that the Republicans stole the 2004 presidential election and that Hillary Clinton stole the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.


State officials are claiming they’ve found no evidence of voter fraud, so without a bold move by the courts this morning, Doug Jones will be certified at 1pm today.



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