Tuesday seemed to finally end the long saga of the Alabama Senate race to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat. However, it may not be over quite yet. The Republican nominee, Roy Moore, has not conceded. The margin of victory for Democrat Doug Jones is around 21,000 votes. That is about 1.5 percent margin of victory. It takes a margin of less than 0.5 percent to trigger an automatic recount. There are still some outstanding ballots yet to be counted, but it is not believed that they will make up enough of a difference for there to be the automatic recount.
It is unclear if Moore can request a recount because Alabama’s election handbook says, “However, several offices are not included in Alabama’s law for contesting elections: lieutenant governor, U.S. senator, and U.S. representative.” It is not a law, though, so there is still a possibility that Moore could get a recount if he fought for one. With all that being said, a question comes to mind. Should there be a recount in the Alabama special election for United States Senator?
Newsy telling what the recount options are in Alabama:
Should there be a recount in the Alabama special election for United States Senator? Is a recount needed to ensure the right person won? Or, do the numbers already prove that Doug Jones won?
Page 2: Arguments for a recount