Election Law Expert Argues Moore Cannot Request Recount

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Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog points out that the only races in Alabama where a candidate can request a recount are for state offices.  He argues state law omits recounts for federal offices like the US House and Senate. He talks about the statute covering a request for a recount at the candidate’s expense if the margin of victory is greater than half a percent.

But that statute only allows people seeking recounts to be those “with standing to contest the election under Sections 17-16-40 and 17-16-47.”

And if you look at those sections, they do not allow candidates for federal office to request such a recount or to contest the election (presumably because these would be done in the U.S. House or Senate.)  –Rick Hasen

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