Alabama finds no voter fraud after probe of TV interview

Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama election officials say they’ve found nothing improper after investigating a TV interview that raised suspicions of voter fraud in the state’s closely watched Senate election.

Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore on Dec. 12 to become the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century. Moore was beset by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls.

During the live broadcast, a man supporting Jones said he and others had come from different parts of the country and “pitched in to vote and canvass together.”

The comment fueled speculation that out-of-state voters were taking part in Alabama’s election.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Thursday that his office determined the man has lived in Alabama for more than a year and is a registered voter in the state.