Dec. 28 (UPI) — Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore has filed a lawsuit to block the state from certifying Doug Jones as the winner of this month’s U.S. Senate race.
“The reported results were contrary to most of the impartial, independent polls conducted prior to the special election and in contrast to exit polls,” according to the complaint, which was filed in the Montgomery Circuit Court.
Despite the filing, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN Thursday that Democrat Doug Jones will be certified as the winner.
Moore’s complaint included affidavits from three “national election integrity experts” are included with the complaint, who claim election fraud did occur. Also included is a statement from Moore, a Republican, refuting allegations of sexual misconduct made against him, saying they are “completely false” and that he successfully completed a polygraph test as proof.
The complaint says in Jefferson County, Ala., there were 20 precincts with discrepancies, which of itself is enough to reverse the election outcome. One of the experts said the possibility of the Jefferson County election outcome happening naturally is “less than one in 15 billion.”
Also mentioned in the complaint are stories of people being bused into the state to vote for the Democratic Jones and claims of polling places accepting out of state IDs.
“During the course of the election there were multiple public outcries of election fraud, no less than three of which required the secretary of state to take action,” it states.
The filing asks for a temporary restraining order to block certification, to order a new special election and to set an emergency hearing about the matter. It says Moore and the people of Alabama “will suffer irreparable harm if the election results are certified without preserving and investigating all the evidence of potential fraud.”
The election results are scheduled to be certified at 1 p.m. Thursday.