Settlement reached in Arizona Senate vote count

Senate candidates Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (left) and Republican Rep. Martha McSally. (MGN)
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PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Republicans and Democrats have agreed to give rural voters an extra chance to fix problems with their ballots in the count of the state's tight Senate race.

That's a compromise after Republicans filed a lawsuit seeking to stop urban voters from using those procedures.

The settlement was announced in a Phoenix courtroom Friday afternoon.

The counties have until Nov. 14 to address the issue.

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

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has jumped into a slight lead over Republican Martha McSally in the midst of the slow vote count.