Kirsters Baish| It was announced on Monday by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill that he was starting an investigation into possible voter fraud in the Alabama United States Senate special election. The election took place last week, and some very concerning details have emerged.
Democrat Doug Jones won the election after taking 49.9 percent of the vote to Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore’s 48.4 percent. Tallies show that there were around 20,700 votes which separated the two men.
Merrill spoke to WALA and explained that his office will be launching a full investigation into statements that were made by a Doug Jones supporter during Jones’s election night party. The man has remained unidentified so far. He claimed that he and many others came from all around the United States to vote for Democratic candidate Jones.
Kati Weis, a WALA reporter, asked the unidentified man “Why are you excited to see this victory?”
The man responded, “Because, we came here all the way from different parts of the country as part of our fellowship, and all of us pitched in to vote and canvas together, and we got our boy elected!”
When Merrill was questioned about the man’s statement, he answered “Well, it’s very disconcerting when someone who’s not from Alabama says that they participated in our election, so now it’s incumbent upon us to try to identify this young man, to see what kind of role he played, if it was to simply play a canvassing roll, or if he was part of a process that went out and tried to register voters, or if he himself actually became a registered voter.”
The Alabama Secretary of State went on to explain, “We don’t have any evidence of people doing that, our numbers do not indicate that has happened, but when you have someone actually recorded on television saying that they voted, and that’s what he said, then we’ve got to get to the bottom of that.”
Judge Roy Moore’s campaign has sent out numerous appeals in the last few days. They have been seeking contributions in order to delve into an investigation of possible voter fraud.
Moore sent out an email on Tuesday which stated, “Our program to ensure the integrity of this election is up and running. We’re already receiving reports of potential voter fraud and other irregularities from voters all across Alabama.”
The Western Journal reported that Moore has not conceded the race to Jones as of yet. Why would he, considering the new evidence of possible voter fraud?
Judge Moore released a video statement last week in which he noted that thousands of ballots (which included overseas military personnel as well as provisional ballots) were not yet counted.
The number of those ballots was released by Merrill’s office on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for Moore, this difference won’t be enough for an automatic recount. There must be a 0.5 percent difference or less between the candidates in order to trigger and automatic recount.
Western Journal reported:
Only time will tell what will come of the mysterious man’s statement, but it seems as though there is definitely cause to look into possible voter fraud at this point.