An Omaha company on Thursday was caught up in an Alabama Senate candidate’s unsuccessful attempt to stop the state from certifying the results of a special election.
Late Wednesday, Republican Roy Moore filed a legal complaint alleging “election fraud” and asked the state to consider holding a new election.
The complaint was rejected by a judge, however, and a state board Thursday officially declared Doug Jones the winner of the Dec. 12 election.
The complaint, filed in state court, mentions Election Systems & Software, an Omaha-based company that provides equipment, software and services for election support.
Moore’s complaint said “it is believed” that the company and others contract with Alabama counties to tabulate and store voting records or evidence.
Neither ES&S nor the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office immediately returned messages Thursday asking about the company’s role in Alabama elections.
In the complaint, Moore’s campaign also argued that Alabama would “suffer irreparable harm if the election results are certified without preserving and investigating all the evidence of potential fraud.”
The Secretary of State’s Office had already investigated much of what was in Moore’s complaint, filed in the circuit court of Montgomery.
Moore’s spokeswoman, Janet Porter, also appeared to have referenced ES&S in a CNN interview Thursday morning: “You’ve got this private company out of Omaha, Nebraska, that has all the votes and the voter images, and no one’s allowed to see them.”
She did not name the company, and the court filing doesn’t contain more details about her allegation.
Shortly before the official certification, Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore’s request to stop the process, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State John Merrill — all Republicans — signed off on election results from all 67 counties.
After late-counted provisional and military ballots were added to the total, Jones defeated Moore by 21,924 votes out of more than 1.3 million cast.
The Alabama race, a special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat, was closely watched nationally. It gained attention after several women accused Moore of sexual impropriety from when they were teenagers.
Jones is the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama since 1992.
Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said ES&S provides voting machines to the county and the State of Nebraska, as well as special machines for those with disabilities.
Kruse said he is not concerned about voter fraud like what Moore has alleged.
“It’s essentially nonexistent in Douglas County,” Kruse said. “We don’t have a problem with it here.”
This report includes material from the Washington Post.