Alabama Republicans Are Trying To Overturn Doug Jones Victory By Claiming ‘Voter Fraud’ Without Evidence
Republicans, bitter over Roy Moore’s loss in the Dec. 12 special election in Alabama, are trying to overturn newly-elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D)’s victory by invoking their favorite right-wing conspiracy: “vote fraud” by black and Latino voters.
In an effort to steal the election, right-wing fake news sites are spreading a viral news story alleging “voter fraud” in the heavily Republican state.
Now, Alabama Sec. of State John Merrill (R) is conducting an investigation based on calls from conservatives upset by a viral video being spread as part of the story, Fox News 10 reports.
On election night, Fox 10 News spoke with a young man of color at the Jones victory party, who said, “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!”
Angry conservatives have taken the man’s remarks as evidence of widespread voter fraud.
“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,” Sec. of State Merrill told Fox News. “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.”
Merrill continued, “We don’t have any evidence of people doing that, our numbers do not indicate that has happened, but we’ve got to get to the bottom of that.”
As the nonpartisan fact-checking agency PolitiFact reported, despite the fact that “there is no evidence of voter fraud,” right-wing fake news sites are mounting a disinformation campaign to undermine Jones’ victory.
PolitiFact shot down three separate disinformation stories about the Alabama election and tracked their progress across “satirical” websites and social media.
“The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees statewide elections, doesn’t usually comment on reports of voter fraud, but it has not received reports in any numbers that would change the outcome of the election, Communications Director John Bennett told us on Dec. 13. That interview was for an article we wrote about a fake story that said 60,000 votes in Birmingham, Alabama, may be invalid,” said PolitiFact.
The site continued, “Since then, the same network of self-described ‘satirical’ websites that originally published that bogus story has fabricated several more advancing the idea that the outcome of that special election is questionable. A disclaimer on each of the affiliated websites states: ‘Everything on this site is fiction.’”