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Moore. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

The issue

Allegations that Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for Senate, sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl have sparked calls for him to drop out of the race, and speculation over whether he could be replaced on the ballot for next month's special election.

The facts

Legally, parties and candidates in Alabama have until 76 days before an election to withdraw a nomination, so it is too late for Moore's name to be replaced on the ballot. The Alabama board of elections says Moore's name will remain on the ballot no matter what happens between now and Dec. 12. But a spokesman told NPR that the Alabama Republican Party can withdraw his nomination, meaning he wouldn't be declared the winner even if he received the most votes.

One alternative

Some, including GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, have suggested that incumbent Sen. Luther Strange run a write-in campaign. Strange was defeated by Moore in the primary despite being endorsed by party leadership and President Trump. There is a precedent: Murkowski was elected as a write-in candidate in 2010.

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America's Chinese communities struggle with online disinformation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Disinformation has proliferated on Chinese-language websites and platforms like WeChat that are popular with Chinese speakers in the U.S., just as it has on English-language websites.

Why it matters: There are fewer fact-checking sites and other sources of reliable information in Chinese, making it even harder to push back against disinformation.

Pennsylvania certifies Biden's victory

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Pennsylvania officials on Tuesday certified the state's presidential election results, making President-elect Joe Biden's win in the key battleground official.

Why it matters: The move deals another blow to President Trump's failed efforts to block certification in key swing states that he lost to Biden. It also comes one day after officials voted to certify Biden's victory in Michigan.