Set­tle­ment reached in tight Se­nate vote count

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

PHOENIX >> Ari­zona Repub­li­cans who had al­leged the state’s two big­gest coun­ties were il­le­gally count­ing some bal­lots changed course Fri­day and agreed to set­tle their law­suit if ru­ral vot­ers also get an ex­tra chance to fix prob­lems with bal­lots cast in the state’s tight U.S. Se­nate race.

The set­tle­ment was tech­ni­cally be­tween Repub­li­cans and the state’s county recorders, but Democrats and civil rights groups who had jumped into the fray agreed to it as it was an­nounced in a Phoenix court­room Fri­day af­ter­noon. Ari­zona’s 15 coun­ties now have un­til Nov. 14 to ad­dress the is­sue, which state Elec­tions Di­rec­tor Eric Spencer said likely af­fects less than 10,000 votes out of more than 2.3 mil­lion cast statewide.

The Repub­li­can law­suit said the state’s county recorders don’t fol­low a uni­form stan­dard for al­low­ing vot­ers to ad­dress prob­lems with the sig­na­tures on their mail-in bal­lots, and that Mari­copa and Pima coun­ties im­prop­erly al­low the fixes for up to five days af­ter Elec­tion Day.

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