Agreement reached in Barber-McSally ballot dispute

2012-11-13T13:00:00Z 2012-11-14T07:12:51Z Agreement reached in Barber-McSally ballot disputeDarren DaRonco, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The dispute over 130 provisional ballots in the Congressional District 2 race has been resolved, for now anyway.

On Tuesday, a lawsuit filed in Cochise County Superior Court by a voter who supported Republican candidate Martha McSally to block 130 ballots.

The complaint claimed Cochise County election officials failed to properly seal the ballots in envelopes.

But before a judge could render a decision, the lawyers for the parties involved reached an agreement.

The 130 votes will be counted and included in the county’s results, but they will be set aside just in case the margin between McSally and Democrat Ron Barber is close enough to warrant a second look, according to attorney Eric Spencer.

If the difference is 130 votes or less, the two sides will retain the rights to reexamine them to see if any the ballots should be disqualified, Spencer said.

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