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Arizona: McSally Trails Sinema by Over 20,000 Votes, Vows to “Continue Fighting”

Arizona: McSally Trails Sinema by Over 20,000 Votes, Vows to “Continue Fighting”

Results unlikely before November 14th

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eH6ZSLvsak

As if the nightmare in my own state isn’t bad enough, Arizona is also facing uncertainty with regard to its Senate race.  So far, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema leads Republican Martha McSally by approximately 22,000 votes.

McSally issued a statement in which she vows to stay the course “until every ballot is counted.”

We may not know the results until after November 14th, the deadline for rural counties to address problems, per a settlement reached Friday.

CBS News reports:

Votes from Election Day are still being tabulated in Arizona.

As of Saturday morning, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was leading the race against Republican Martha McSally by around 20,000 votes. McSally had led by a narrow margin in the days after Election Day, but Sinema took the lead when ballots from heavily Democratic areas such as Maricopa County were counted.

One reason it is taking days to count the votes is that around three-quarters of Arizona’s voters send mail-in ballots, meaning that they fill out their votes at home and mail them to their county board of elections. Since some mail-in ballots arrive close to Election Day, it takes longer to count them.

Additionally, Maricopa County and Pima County — two primarily Democratic counties — allow voters to address problems with their mail-in ballots up to five days after the election if there is a disparity between the signature on their voter registration and the signature on the ballot envelope. Last week, four county Republican parties sued to prevent counties from trying to verify signatures after polls closed.

Arizona Democrats and Republicans reached a settlement on the issue on Friday, allowing voters in rural counties as well as in Maricopa and Pima to have extra time to fix problems with their ballots. The counties have until November 14 to address the issue.

McSally issued the following statement Friday:  “Equal protection under the law is a fundamental constitutional right for American voters. As a combat veteran, I fought to protect it. And today, we won an important battle to preserve that right for rural voters in Arizona. I will continue fighting until every ballot is counted.”

Meanwhile, Republicans in Arizona are contesting the involvement of an election official who previously represented “clients in narco-terrorism and firearms scandals,” including Fast and Furious.  They contend that Adrian Fontes “intentionally put himself above the law and the judicial process” and therefore should not be involved in counting votes.

Fox News reports:

A county official in Arizona, whom Republicans accuse of destroying evidence to cover up “voting irregularities,” has previously defended the accused ringleader of a group of gun straw buyers in Operation Fast and Furious, the federal operation that led to the death of a Border Patrol agent in the state.

Before he was elected in 2016 as Maricopa County recorder, Adrian Fontes was an attorney representing clients in narco-terrorism and firearms scandals.

He is now at the center of a contentious vote-count procedure in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema suddenly took a lead over Republican Martha McSally, thanks to votes mostly in Maricopa County.

The Republican Party objected to Fontes’ efforts to allow voters to confirm that they signed early ballots that were dropped off on Election Day, and criticized the official for opening emergency voting centers the weekend before Tuesday’s election and for mixing disputed ballots with valid ones.

. . . . “Adrian Fontes intentionally put himself above the law and the judicial process,” Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines said in a statement before the agreement. “Such a man cannot be trusted to administer elections in Arizona. We are reviewing all legal options at this time and will continue to protect the rights of every legal voter in Arizona.”

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No way Arizona voted this lunatic in. Total voter fraud.

With that rat sessions out of the way, the DOJ must investigate asap.

From CBS News”Last week, four county Republican parties sued to prevent counties from trying to verify signatures after polls closed.” Totally false. They sued to have ALL Counties use the same criteria for counting ballots. Nice spin though.

McSally won the election but lost but lost the count. Eh, Republicans never were as good at counting as Democrats.

Now you see how crucial it was for Arizona Democrats to get rid of Sheriff Joe. If he were still there, these “election officials” in Maricopa County would be occupying jail cel..s

Colonel Travis | November 10, 2018 at 5:48 pm

What’s the point of elections?
America is screwed.

“Adrian Fontes intentionally put himself above the law and the judicial process,” Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines said in a statement before the agreement.

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Yah, no. I’d have to know a lot more about Fontes besides he was a criminal defense attorney for really bad people. One of the best men I know was an attorney for the Oklahoma City bomber. A lot of criminal defense lawyers do it for the Constitution, because it has to be done.

That aside, I REALLY hope the people of Arizona are not so daft as to have elected this poor ditz.

    Sinema is not a ditz. Don’t swallow the blue pill.

      Sinema is a radical liberal/Progressive, who ran as a moderate centrist. Voters who voted for Sinema, the moderate, are the ones who took the blue pill. They are actually electing Sinema the bomb-throwing liberal radical. If Sinema actually won the election, without vote fraud and irregularities, then it is evidence that she lied better than McSally.

      Don’t get me wrong. McSally ran as a moderate centrist, while she is, at least, as liberal as John McCain and Jeff Flake, if not more so. So, both candidates misrepresented themselves. But, in a statewide Arizona race, a Republican candidate has to run as a moderate to garner most of the Republican vote, while at the same time not turning off all of the liberal voters who inhabit the Phoenix Metro area, which accounts for 1/2 the population of the whole state of Arizona.

        MrE in reply to Mac45. | November 10, 2018 at 9:34 pm

        Don’t worry – Arizonans (Arizoners? Arizonians?) will shoot her. More than one probably, according to Sinema. Or maybe someone will return from their Taliban vacation and go all “Allahu Akbar” on her arse … it ould be a shame Arizoners failed to live up to her claims about them …

      Sinema is a ditz. Cut from the same mold as Occasional-Cortex.

      “Sinema is not a ditz.”

      She is an anti-American witch.

End the secret ballot.
I will stand for my vote.
Secrecy is an avenue to non-accountability.
I would rather be able to look up my voting record, and verify my vote went is as cast.

    ID in advance of voting and signatures on ballots works for me – but – there needs to be a guarantee of privacy. I don’t want to be spammed after an election, nor harassed for my vote.

. . . . “Adrian Fontes intentionally put himself above the law and the judicial process,” Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines said in a statement before the agreement.

In what way? Was there something illegal or unethical about the way he represented his notorious client?

Lipstick on a pig…lol.

This went so well for the Democrats in Montana, Arizona, and Florida they’re trying it in Georgia.

buckeyeminuteman | November 11, 2018 at 7:01 am

Fixing problems with their ballots??? That is complete bull crap. I don’t care what party it may or may not help. Polls close on Election Day for a reason. That’s the deadline. If you can’t follow instructions and mail in your ballot properly, you shouldn’t be choosing something important, like who represents your state in the US Senate.

    People’s signatures change. If some election official decides that your current signature isn’t close enough to how you signed it 30 years ago you should have a chance to demonstrate that you are the voter you claim to be.

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