PolitiFact: Alex Jones dreams up an Alabama conspiracy theory

  • Roy Moore walks after riding a horse to vote on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Gallant, Ala. AP

PolitiFact staff
Friday, December 22, 2017

In a broadcast of the “Alex Jones Show” on Dec. 13, Alex Jones said there won’t be a recount in Alabama because a Democratic judge said “we’re going to erase all the computer files . . . on Wednesday morning.”

Our ruling

Jones said that a recount in the Alabama Senate election was not possible because a Democrat judge allowed the state to erase computer files.

The one tidbit Jones got right is that a court ruling cleared the way for erasing digital images of ballots. In every other respect, he was wrong.

It wasn’t one Democratic judge, but nine Republican ones that issued the ruling.

A recount not only is possible without the image files, state law requires that a recount use the original paper ballots, which are kept in sealed containers for nearly two years.

Jones took a bare scrap of data and turned it into the stuff of conspiracy.

We rate this claim Pants on Fire.

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