PHOENIX, AZ – The contentious race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has added another dimension as both parties have reached an agreement to allow rural voters the opportunity to correct discrepancies on ballots cast for the 2018 Senatorial race.

The Associated Press via Fox News reports:

The settlement comes after Republicans filed a lawsuit Wednesday in an effort to prevent Maricopa and Pima counties – the two biggest counties in the state – from using procedures that permit mail-in ballot fixes to occur beyond Election Day, arguing that the practice was improper.

The lawsuit was filed by four local Republican parties.

If the signature on the voter registration doesn’t match that on the sealed envelope, both Maricopa and Pima County allow voters to help them fix, or “cure” it, up to five days after Election Day.

Many other counties only allow voters to cure until polls close on Election Day.

The Arizona Secretary of State reports that Sinema was leading McSally Friday evening by just over 20, 000 votes with approximately 272,000 votes let to be counted.  Her campaign manager, Andrew Piatt feels secure that the lead will grow.

Once again, today’s data confirmed our expectation that as the ballots are counted, Kyrsten will steadily build her advantage and be elected to the U.S. Senate. Nine counties reported today – five of which are counties where McSally is favored and where she needed to perform very well in order to regain even a narrow path to victory. That didn’t happen and since election night, Kyrsten netted 38,258 votes and now is leading by 20,203 votes – or 1 percent. She will win this race.

President Trump weighed in on the election issues in Arizona:

He also added his perspective to the problems in Florida:

Election issues are not uncommon and will prompt additional conversation regarding the handling of all votes going forward.

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