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Roy Moore speaks to supporters during his election night party on Dec. 12, 2017, at RSA Activity Center in downtown Montgomery. (Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

Roy Moore is attempting to delay the certification of Alabama's special U.S. Senate election earlier this month. The New York Times puts it this way:


Roy S. Moore, the first Republican to lose a United States Senate race in Alabama in 25 years, moved late Wednesday to block state officials from certifying the victory of his Democratic rival on Thursday afternoon because of “systematic voter fraud.”

In a complaint filed in the circuit court here in Alabama’s capital, Mr. Moore’s campaign argued that such fraud had tainted the Dec. 12 special election, which Mr. Moore lost to Doug Jones by fewer than 22,000 votes, and that the Alabama authorities had inadequately investigated claims of misconduct.

If the election is prematurely certified, Mr. Moore’s lawyers wrote, he will “suffer irreparable harm” and be “denied his full right as a candidate to a fair election.”


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