Flake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of 'electoral corruption'
September 13, 2020
Outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R-Ariz.) on Friday dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s accusation that “electoral corruption” is taking place in Arizona.
“There is no evidence of ‘electoral corruption’ in Arizona, Mr. President,” Flake tweeted. “Thousands of dedicated Arizonans work in a non-partisan fashion every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted. We appreciate their service.”
There is no evidence of “electoral corruption” in Arizona, Mr. President. Thousands of dedicated Arizonans work in a non-partisan fashion every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted. We appreciate their service. https://t.co/Xtd5Vd0gSu
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 9, 2018
His comments came hours after Trump criticized the vote count effort in Arizona, as officials continue to tally votes in the Senate race between Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R).
As of Friday night, Sinema led McSally by a total of 20,203 votes in the closely watched race to replace Flake, who is retiring after this year.
The Arizona Senate battle has seen controversy, with a judge on Thursday rejecting the GOP’s attempt to challenge Arizona’s mail-in ballot counting procedures.
The lawsuit was related to reports that some county recorders have been calling voters who submitted mail-in ballots with signatures that don’t match in an effort to verify them. The GOP alleged in the lawsuit that such a practice is illegal.
A settlement on Friday was reached allowing rural voters extra time to correct issues with their ballots, according to The Associated Press.
Counties now have a Nov. 14 deadline to make fixes to problematic mail-in ballots.