A comment by one man in a viral online video has led to a voter fraud investigation in the Alabama Senate race, won by Democrat Doug Jones, according to WALA-TV.
What did he say?
After Jones was declared the winner, a WALA Fox 10 reporter interviewed a supporter who was celebrating the victory.
The reporter, Kati Weis, asked the man why he was excited about the outcome.
Here’s what he said:
“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!”
While some believe the man misspoke, others have interpreted it as evidence that people not registered to vote in Alabama, and possibly not residents of the state at all, helped Jones defeat Republican candidate Roy Moore.
The secretary of state gets involved
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has opened an investigation into the matter, saying he hopes to track the man down to ask him about the comment.
“Well, it’s 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 simply to play a canvassing role, 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 said.
Merrill did say there is no actual evidence of fraud, but “when you have someone actually recorded on television saying that they voted, and then that’s what he said, then we’ve got to get to the bottom of that.”
Merrill said the election should be certified the week after Christmas.