Alabama's special election for Senate may have been called for Democrat Doug Jones, but there's still questions as to what happens next. Republican Roy Moore refused to concede Tuesday night until all of the votes have been counted – referring reporters to the Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.
Holding a late night press conference, Merrill answered questions from the media about the state's election certification and recount procedures following the contested special election.
"This is historic for the State of Alabama. We're very excited to be in a role to make sure we have safe, and secure, and credible elections that have integrity," said Merrill.
Merrill made it very clear that an automatic recount had not been triggered based on the numbers between the two candidates Tuesday night. Jones receiving 671,151 votes (50 percent), to Moore's 650,436 votes (48 percent), Write-ins 22,819 (2 percent).
Merrill said write-in votes that were received will begin to be processed in each one of the counties over the next few days and must be processed by Friday.
However, he said Moore's campaign could request a recount but would have to pay for it. That can only occur after the certification process is complete.
The certification process also includes provisional and military ballots. Merrill said the certification process will start no earlier than December 26, and not later than Jan. 3.
The certification team the governor of Alabama, the attorney general and the secretary of state.