Attorneys for GOP Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore filed a last-minute lawsuit Thursday morning, attempting to block the state from certifying Democrat Doug Jones surprise victory over allegations of widespread “voter fraud” throughout the state.
Judge Moore lost the December 12th special election by approximately 20,000 votes, a margin of 1.5 percent, but has so far refused to concede the race to fill the seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” said a statement from Moore’s office, citing “confirmed election fraud” in Jefferson County, the state’s most populated region.
The court documents, spanning dozens of pages, claims the turnout in the county was “suspiciously high” and alleges that voters were “intimidated” into voting for Doug Jones following weeks of sexual assault allegations.
The Moore campaign was rocked just weeks before the December special election, when multiple women came forward and accused the judge of inappropriate sexual relationships while the women were teenagers nearly 40 years ago.
Speaking with CNN, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Moore’s lawsuit will not stop him from certifying the election results.
“Will this affect anything?” said Merrill. “The short answer to that is no.”