“Doug Jones to be sworn into Senate seat Wednesday on family Bible”–AL SOS Merrill Continues to Misstate Alabama Law

AL.com:

After a contentious special election, Senator-elect Doug Jones is set to be sworn into office Wednesday in Washington.

Jones will be sworn in on a family Bible, a spokesman for his transition told AL.com on Sunday. He will be joined by family and friends for the ceremonial portion of the act for pictures with Vice President Mike Pence, who administers the oath. Senate rules bar photography during the official swearing in, where Jones will be signing a copy of the oath and reciting it….

Moore did not concede to Jones and filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the race, but the suit was thrown out of Montgomery County Circuit Court after a judge ruled the court did not have jurisdiction over the matter.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Saturday that the deadline had passed for Moore to seek a recount using his own funds. The state threshold for an automatic recount is a .5 percent margin.

Under Alabama law, however, Moore, as a candidate for federal office, was never entitled to request a recount.

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