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Secretary of state answers questions about voter fraud

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On the night of Dec. 12, 2017, thousands of Alabamians were shocked to see the Republican nominee, Roy Moore, lose a U.S. Senate seat that the GOP has held for 20 years to Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

While watching the historic coverage, Fox 10 in Mobile viewers saw a reporter ask a young, excited Doug Jones supporter: “Why are you excited to see this victory?”

The anonymous young man shocked many viewers when he answered, “Because we came here all the way from different parts of the country as part of our fellowship. And, all of us pitched in together to vote and canvass together, and we got our boy elected!”

The reporter did not ask any further questions.

Many of the TV viewers at home were left questioning the validity of the election and wondering how many persons cast fraudulent ballots in that special election for U.S. Senate. Those concerned viewers have contacted the Alabama Political Reporter and other news outlets asking us to investigate the matter. They also reported their concerns to the Alabama Secretary of State’s office, which has conducted an investigation.

On Thursday, the Secretary of State’s Office released the results of their investigation in a statement: “Thanks to the help of concerned citizens interested in the credibility and the integrity of the electoral process, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office was able to identify the young man who was anonymously featured on the news broadcast. After additional research was conducted, it was determined that this young man has lived and worked in Alabama for more than one year and is currently a registered voter in this state.”

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“We applaud this young man’s energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for the electoral process and we are always encouraged when we observe Alabamians who are actively engaged in campaigns and elections in our state,” the Secretary of State’s office concluded.

Anyone with any evidence of voter fraud occurring in this or any other Alabama election is encouraged to submit their concern through a web page set up by the Secretary of State’s office.

In order to prevent voter fraud, Alabama does not have early voting or electronic voting. Voters must show a valid photo ID to the trained poll workers, and they may only vote at their assigned voting place. Only registered voters may participate, and there is no same day voter registration allowed in the state of Alabama.

While the U.S. Senate race has not yet been certified, it seems apparent that Doug Jones will be formally declared the winner of the special election.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.



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