(CNN/AP) John Merrill, Secretary of State of Alabama says that Roy Moore can ask for a recount telling CNN, “There’s always a chance of a recount because any candidate can ask for a recount. And if they pay for it, they can receive a recount. Now there’s an automatic recount provision where half of one percent of the vote threshold would automatically require that to occur. If that happens, at that point, we would follow the established procedures in the code of Alabama.”

Merrill went on to say, “The people of Alabama have spoken tonight. They’ve made their voice heard loud and clear. I think the most important to remember now is that the process needs to be followed to insure that the integrity, the safety and the security of the election is preserved. That means we need to follow the procedures that are established according to the code for the rest of the way. Which means that the election will actually be certified no earlier than the 26th of December and no later than the 3rd of January. So we got to make sure that that occurs the way the code prescribes it to occur.”

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters “it’s not over.”

“It’s going to take some time,” the candidate says during a brief appearance before supporters.

Campaign chairman Bill Armistead says that because the vote is close and approaching the state’s recount requirement, “we do not have a final decision on the outcome.”

Alabama state law calls for a recount if the margin of victory is less than one-half of one percentage point. With all precincts reporting, Jones leads by 1.5 percentage points — three times what’s required to trigger a recount.

If the secretary of state determines there were more write-in votes than the difference between Jones and Moore, the state’s counties would be required to tally those votes. It’s not clear how that would help Moore, who ended the night trailing Jones by more than 20,000 votes.