Certified Senate vote makes Doug Jones' win official

Certified Senate vote makes Doug Jones' win official
Doug Jones (Source: WAFF 48 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - The U.S. Senate vote has been certified and Doug Jones is your official winner.

A challenge filed by Roy Moore late Wednesday night has been denied by a Montgomery County circuit judge.

Just before midnight, Moore filed a complaint in the circuit court of Montgomery, claiming three experts told him they believe there was voter fraud. He's asking certification be postponed until a thorough investigation is complete.

Moore also claimed 20 precincts in Jefferson County had "implausible" turnout, where Moore performed much worse than most Republicans. Secretary of State John Merrill says he has received no evidence of voter fraud from those areas. Merrill says if evidence is introduced, it will be investigated. He says there were republican poll watchers at each and every precinct and received no complaints from those who were at those sites that day.

An attorney representing Jones filed a motion to dismiss the claim on Thursday claiming that "there is a lack of subject matter jurisdiction; fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted; and/or has no basis in law."

A judge issued an order just after noon Thursday stating: "The court is of the opinion that it does not have jurisdiction" to rule on Moore's motion for a temporary restraining order.

Merrill says there have been 115 reports, every single one has been investigated, and more than 60 already have been completely cleared.

Moore also claims he took a polygraph test confirming sexual misconduct allegations against him are in fact false. According to the Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, his office has found no evidence of fraud.

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