Alabama Secretary of State investigating voter fraud allegation

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I wonder if this will delay certifying Doug Jones? Thoughts?

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is investigating a concern over potential voter fraud in last Tuesday's special Senate election.

It all stems from a brief interview News Reporter Kati Weis conducted at the Doug Jones victory party on election night when a young man made a comment that has now gone viral on social media. The interview took place just minutes after the race had been called. While live on air, in the middle of the crowded party, Kati walked up to a number of jubilant supporters at random, asking them for their reactions to the big win. But, it was this question and answer that has caused controversy:

"Kati: Why are you excited to see this victory? Man: 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!"

Merrill said he is trying to find out who the man is, and if he really meant what he said, or if he only misspoke.

"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," said Merrill.

Merrill said, so far, there is no concrete evidence that any voter fraud has taken place.

"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," said Merrill.

Secretary of State launches investigation into voter fraud conce - FOX10 News | WALA
 
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I wonder if this will delay certifying Doug Jones? Thoughts?

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is investigating a concern over potential voter fraud in last Tuesday's special Senate election.

It all stems from a brief interview News Reporter Kati Weis conducted at the Doug Jones victory party on election night when a young man made a comment that has now gone viral on social media. The interview took place just minutes after the race had been called. While live on air, in the middle of the crowded party, Kati walked up to a number of jubilant supporters at random, asking them for their reactions to the big win. But, it was this question and answer that has caused controversy:

"Kati: Why are you excited to see this victory? Man: 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!"

Merrill said he is trying to find out who the man is, and if he really meant what he said, or if he only misspoke.

"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," said Merrill.

Merrill said, so far, there is no concrete evidence that any voter fraud has taken place.

"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," said Merrill.

Secretary of State launches investigation into voter fraud conce - FOX10 News | WALA

That sounds like one of the stupidest reasons ever to launch an investigation. Obviously there were political activists in Alabama not from Alabama. This was not a secret.
 
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Djinn

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"Kati: Why are you excited to see this victory? Man: 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!"
Assuming the people from out of state were canvasing, and not voting, there is no wrongdoing.
 
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Assuming the people from out of state were canvasing, and not voting, there is no wrongdoing.
True but this surely could delay seating Jones. They already said it wont be certified until the first of the year. If they need to do a full investigation, this could take months if they wanted to. Not sure how Alabama state govt does things, but I bet they could drag this out if they wanted to.
 

Djinn

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True but this surely could delay seating Jones. They already said it wont be certified until the first of the year. If they need to do a full investigation, this could take months if they wanted to. Not sure how Alabama state govt does things, but I bet they could drag this out if they wanted to.
It would be tough. Based on the OP, the entire investigation is based on the video clip - and they don't even know the identity of the person in the video. If they don't have more than that, not even Alabama would be able to delay this beyond Jan 1st.
 

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Please let Roy Moore go away.

The right answer was Mo Brooks, but then McConnell got involved and tried to push their establishment candidate Luther Strange opening the door for Roy Moore to take the primary. Had McConnell stayed out of Alabama, Mo Brooks would have won walking away.
 
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boontito

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Please let Roy Moore go away.

The right answer was Mo Brooks, but then McConnell got involved and tried to push their establishment candidate Luther Strange opening the door for Roy Moore to take the primary. Had McConnell stayed out of Alabama, Mo Brooks would have won walking away.
It still came down to people voting for Roy Moore at some point. The responsibility is on them.
 
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Please let Roy Moore go away.

The right answer was Mo Brooks, but then McConnell got involved and tried to push their establishment candidate Luther Strange opening the door for Roy Moore to take the primary. Had McConnell stayed out of Alabama, Mo Brooks would have won walking away.
lovely text block you have stored there on your computer.

yawn.
 
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Please let Roy Moore go away.

The right answer was Mo Brooks, but then McConnell got involved and tried to push their establishment candidate Luther Strange opening the door for Roy Moore to take the primary. Had McConnell stayed out of Alabama, Mo Brooks would have won walking away.
Sadly, Judge Jesus Training Bra will not go away. He has yet to concede and is raising money for a "voting integrity fund".
 
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Please let Roy Moore go away.

The right answer was Mo Brooks, but then McConnell got involved and tried to push their establishment candidate Luther Strange opening the door for Roy Moore to take the primary. Had McConnell stayed out of Alabama, Mo Brooks would have won walking away.
What was wrong with Luther Strange? I found this speech a very,honest,remarkable speech. Certainly better than that silly,little man strutting around,pretending to be a cowboy with that tiny pea shooter.

Strange warns against 'entrenched factionalism' in Senate farewell speech | TheHill

Then came the women,and the silly jackass could not even handle a horse.

Luther Strange was head and shoulders above Moore.
 
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