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Roy Moore Asks Alabama Court to Block Election’s Certification

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Roy Moore addressing supporters during a convene in Midland City, Ala., a day before a Dec. 12 Senate election.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Roy S. Moore, a initial Republican to remove a United States Senate competition in Alabama in 25 years, changed late Wednesday to retard state officials from certifying the victory of his Democratic opposition on Thursday afternoon since of “systematic voter fraud.”

In a censure filed in a circuit justice here in Alabama’s capital, Mr. Moore’s debate argued that such rascal had sinister a Dec. 12 special election, that Mr. Moore mislaid to Doug Jones by fewer than 22,000 votes, and that a Alabama authorities had insufficiently investigated claims of misconduct.

If a choosing is betimes certified, Mr. Moore’s lawyers wrote, he will “suffer lost harm” and be “denied his full right as a claimant to a satisfactory election.”

John H. Merrill, a Alabama secretary of state, has discharged complaints, from Democratic and Republican critics, of choosing fraud. In an talk on Dec. 15, Mr. Merrill, a Republican who voted for Mr. Moore, flatly declared: “I have not seen any irregularities or any inconsistencies that are outward a norm.”

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In a content summary early Thursday, Mr. Merrill pronounced he did not intend to postpone a acceptance record that would eventually concede Mr. Jones to take office.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/us/politics/roy-moore-block-election.html

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