MORE: Sinema's lead over McSally widens in roller-coaster U.S. Senate race Amy Chan, former state elections director under Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett, tweeted, "Unfounded allegations of voter fraud are totally irresponsible and should rightly be condemned because they shake voter confidence can affect future participation.
The good news for McSally is that, after Maricopa gets through the 150,000 ballots it received during the Democratic pre-election surge, it will open about 200,000 that were dropped off on Election Day.
Republicans File Lawsuit Over Tight Arizona Senate Race
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.
Challenging the signature process Local Republicans brought a legal case against Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and other county recorders over the inconsistent way counties verify signatures on mail-in ballots that are dropped off at the polls on Election Day.
The GOP filed a lawsuit Wednesday night seeking to stop Maricopa and Pima counties from contacting voters after Election Day about problems with the signatures on their mail ballots.
To ensure against voter fraud, mail ballots dropped off Election Day - which totaled 320,000 - are double-checked with votes cast at the polls to confirm no one voted twice.
Judge to hear Arizona GOPs lawsuit to limit mail-in ballots in tight Senate race.
Sinema leads in Arizona Senate race that is still too close to call amid legal battle over votes
All of Arizona's 15 counties take part in this process before Election Day, but only a handful, including Maricopa County, allow voters to continue "curing" their ballots after Election Day.
"Arizona takes elections seriously - from the poll workers to the county elections officials, and the Secretary of State's office," Reagan said in a statement Friday.
As the US Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic terrain, an Arizona judge will hear a lawsuit by the GOP seeking to limit the tally -- or expand it in rural areas.
Its not just Florida thats a mess right now. A GOP lawsuit in Arizona could limit the votes counted in the too close to call Senate race, which Democrat Kyrsten Sinema leads by only about 9,000 votes right now
(Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic) President Donald Trump and Republicans in Arizona and nationally are stoking claims of deliberate election fraud in the state's U.S. Senate race as Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema await results of a vote that could swing in either's favor.
My statement on Maricopa County Recorder @Adrian_Fontes pic.twitter.com/UA0w20g44b — Jonathan W. Lines (@JWLines) November 9, 2018 The Arizona GOP had also complained that Maricopa and Pima County used "mobile vote centers" to make dropping-off of mail ballots easier over last weekend, but they have not filed a lawsuit contesting that action.
There are another 375,000 votes outstanding in Maricopa County alone as of Thursday night.
It asks that the judge either stop Maricopa and Pima from contacting voters to fix their ballots after Election Day or permit the rest of the state to do it.
"So if they want to sue me for something, I understand the Clerk's Office is open until 5 p.m." Rhetoric heats up Friday morning CLOSE After tweeting that "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach," President Donald Trump blasted their handling of ballots.