When will Doug Jones be sworn in to the US Senate?

Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill certified the election results at a meeting of the state canvassing board, which also includes Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall. He will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence and will assume his duties immediately after.

Alabama's Secretary of State John Merrill told the Associated Press on Wednesday evening that Moore's complaint would not stop the election results from being certified. Alabama "will suffer irreparable harm" otherwise, the complaint argues, going on to urge state leaders to call a new special election. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all", Jones said.

Moore had refused to concede his loss to Jones and filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours before the certification, saying he believed there were voting irregularities that should be investigated. Moore, 651,972, 48.3 percent and write-ins, 22,852, or 1.7 percent.

He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became US attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year.

In his own statement after the results were certified, Moore repeated his charge that the election was "fraudulent".

Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied his dispute and Democrat Doug Jones was certified moments later as the victor of the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Republican US Senate hopeful Roy Moore has filed a lawsuit to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the victor of this month's election. The complaint cites conspiracy theorist Richard Charnin as an election expert who said that the chances of the unofficial election results being accurate were "less than one in 15 billion".

Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes. Moore was a twice removed from the position of chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Moore, accused during the campaign of molesting, sexually assaulting and pursuing teenage girls when he was younger, said that three experts had found that fraud "improperly altered the outcome of the election".

Merrill's office received roughly 120 complaints of voter fraud, mostly from sources outside Alabama, and roughly 70% had already been investigated and adjudicated.

"This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone", Moore said in a statement Wednesday. He said Moore's complaint seemed to boil down to the belief that he should have won based on exit polling and that the high turnout, including by African-American voters, must indicate fraud.

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