2017 Alabama special election

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Pre-election polls

Exit polls

Issues

Ballot image disabling

Rare blue shift

Precinct anomalies

Aftermath

See also

References

External links

Ballot images

Direction of fraud

  • For Doug Jones and against Roy Moore
    • Opposition to Moore by the GOP establishment, both in Alabama and nationally
    • Psychological operations in support of Jones conducted by a likely intelligence front
      • New York Times, "Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian Tactics", 2018/12/19
        • "One participant in the Alabama project, Jonathon Morgan, is the chief executive of New Knowledge, a small cyber security firm that wrote a scathing account of Russia’s social media operations in the 2016 election that was released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee."
        • "Mr. Morgan said in an interview that the Russian botnet ruse “does not ring a bell,” adding that others had worked on the effort and had written the report. He said he saw the project as “a small experiment” designed to explore how certain online tactics worked, not to affect the election.

          Mr. Morgan said he could not account for the claims in the report that the project sought to “enrage and energize Democrats” and “depress turnout” among Republicans, partly by emphasizing accusations that Mr. Moore had pursued teenage girls when he was a prosecutor in his 30s."
        • "The project had a budget of just $100,000, in a race that cost approximately $51 million, including the primaries, according to Federal Election Commission records."
        • "Despite its small size, the Alabama project brought together some prominent names in the world of political technology. The funding came from Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn, who has sought to help Democrats catch up with Republicans in their use of online technology.

          The money passed through American Engagement Technologies, run by Mikey Dickerson, the founding director of the United States Digital Service, which was created during the Obama administration to try to upgrade the federal government’s use of technology. Sara K. Hudson, a former Justice Department fellow now with Investing in Us, a tech finance company partly funded by Mr. Hoffman, worked on the project, along with Mr. Morgan."
      • Jeff Giesea, "BREAKING: Here’s The After-Action Report From the Alabama Senate Disinformation Campaign", 2018/12/27
  • For Roy Moore and against Doug Jones
    • Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill backed Moore
      • WBUR, "Alabama Secretary Of State Explains Why He's Backing Roy Moore", 2017/12/11
      • Note that it was Merrill's office which acted to prevent the ballot images from being preserved, something that would benefit the candidate favored by the rigging and have no purpose if the election was clean. So it is unclear why the Secretary of State's office would have fought to get rid of the ballot images unless Merrill expected there to be fraud benefiting Moore.
      • Background of John Merrill
        • WHNT, "What did Alabama’s top election official learn from monitoring Russian election?", 2016/09/29: "Alabama’s top election official, Secretary of State John Merrill, just returned from an election monitoring mission in Russia, where he says the process he observed was “free and fair,” though the overall report on the election came back less glowing. Merrill took us along for the ride via Twitter as he observed the recent Duma, or parliamentary, election in Russia. [...] Merrill monitored for the Operation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, also known as OSCE. [...] Merrill says he was looking for, “Ballot box stuffing, people attempting to vote for someone else, people trying to discourage others from voting through intimidation.” He monitored in the city of Volgograd. His colleague, John Bennett, was assigned to Siberia. [...] "We found, where we observed and where John observed, which was in Siberia, what I would consider free and fair elections." The OSCE report he contributed to is less optimistic. The overall report noted "serious irregularities during voting" and said "the counting process was markedly worse." [...] Merrill is back home now, preparing for the general election. He doesn't expect to get changes in place that quick, but he says he does eventually hope to implement lessons learned from his trip to Russia."
        • Brad Friedman, "My Incredibly Bizarre Email Exchange With AL Sec. of State John Merrill: 'BradCast' 5/31/2018", 2018/05/31 (Twitter thread; email thread)