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Joe Biden says he is on his way to "a clear victory" and is forecasting more than 300 votes for the electoral college


Joe Biden almost declared the White House was his Friday night and said he had a real mandate for radical change when he showed up shortly after plans for a bigger victory party collapsed when the presidential race was not scheduled.

"We're going to win this race," he said at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, speaking with runner-up Kamala Harris by his side for seven minutes.

Biden was hoping to celebrate a presidential victory on Friday, but the counting process continues in key states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, where he extends his lead over President Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania alone would get him to 273 electoral college votes, while if Arizona and Nevada declare before Keystone State, it would get 270. If he got all four votes – which seems very likely, he would have 302 electoral college votes, just like Trump, in contrast, an overwhelming majority of more than four million.

Pennsylvania could be named Saturday, as could Nevada, and possibly Arizona; Georgia is so close that there is sure to be a recount.

Biden never mentioned Trump directly when he spoke, but instead presented a drastic change in tone, saying that the "purpose of our politics is not an all-out, relentless war".

"No, the purpose of our politics, the work of our nation, is not to ignite the flames of conflict, but to solve problems, guarantee justice, give everyone a fair shot and improve the lives of our people."

“We may be opponents – but we are not enemies. We're Americans, ”he went on. However, that did not prevent him from boasting of victories.

Joe Biden addressed the nation late Friday night as his leadership positions in Pennsylvania and Nevada expanded and he was on the verge of winning the presidency

Speaking to runner-up Kamala Harris on an outdoor stage at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said he was on his way to "a clear win". He predicted more than 300 votes in his favor

Speaking to runner-up Kamala Harris on an outdoor stage at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said he was on his way to "a clear win". He predicted more than 300 votes in his favor

Biden's plans to reach out to the nation sparked an angry tweet from Donald Trump who said his opponent could not unfairly claim the office of president.

Biden's plans to reach out to the nation sparked an angry tweet from Donald Trump who said his opponent could not unfairly claim the office of president.

"One of the things I'm especially proud of is how well we've done across America," he told a host of socially distant reporters and staff. & # 39; We'll be the first Democrat to win Arizona in 24 years. We will be the first Democrat to win Georgia in 28 years. & # 39;

"And we rebuilt the Blue Wall in the middle of the country that collapsed four years ago: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin."

Biden didn't answer questions about whether Trump should admit. He said he expected a result in Saturday's presidential competition.

AFTER YOUR CHOICE: THE DATA YOU NEED TO KNOW

NOVEMBER 23: All swing state election results have been confirmed by this date

DECEMBER 8: Safe Harbor Deadline, which is the legal deadline for resolving controversial outcomes. If states followed the correct procedures, the result will be December 8th, even if one side still denies it

DECEMBER 14: The electoral college voters are selected and sworn in

JANUARY 5: Georgia runoff election for two Senate seats to determine who controls the Senate

JANUARY 6: Congress confirms the votes of the electoral college

JANUARY 20: Around noon, the new President is sworn in and assumes all powers of the Commander-in-Chief – including the ability to instruct the Secret Service and US Marshals to remove unwanted guests from the White House

"I hope to speak to you tomorrow," he said.

He advised patience as the vote continues and anxious Americans wait to find out who their next president will be.

“I know it's very slow to see these voting results on TV. Never forget, the numbers aren't just numbers, they represent votes and voters. They exercised this basic right to be heard.

“What is becoming clearer by the hour is the record number of Americans of all races, creeds, and religions who have made the move. It gave us a mandate to take action on COVID, the economy, climate change and systemic racism. They made it clear that they want the country to come together and not move further apart. The people spoke, ”he said.

Ironically, minutes after he finished his speech, it was revealed that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows would be the last person to test positive for COVID-19.

The 61-year-old Meadows was last at the White House on Thursday, CNN reported.

It would, in theory, be critical to a transfer of power, but Biden stated that he and Harris started the transition process without saying whether they had received any help from the Trump administration.

“We don't wait to get the job done. We're starting the process, ”he said.

And he vowed to bring the country together.

Biden said he thinks people are tired of politics being so evil.

“No matter who you voted for, I'm sure of one thing: the vast majority of the 150 million Americans who voted want the vitriol out of our politics. We won't agree on many issues, but at least we can agree to be courteous with one another. We have to leave anger and demonization behind. It is time for us to come together as a nation to heal. It won't be easy, but we have to try.

“My responsibility as President will be to represent the whole nation, and I want you to know that I will work as hard for those who voted against me as I will for those who voted for me. That's the job. That's the job. It's called Due Diligence for All Americans, ”he said.

Trump has yet to respond to Biden's remarks, but he retweeted a number of posts on Twitter supporting his allegations of electoral fraud and fraud as he spoke.

Among the tweets was one from Tom Bevan, co-founder of Real Clear Politics, who criticized Fox News' early call in Arizona, where Biden is currently leading by a narrow margin.

Bevan called the move & # 39;completely unnecessary while pointing out how they waited hours for a call in Florida when Trump gained three points.

Biden has just 17 votes ahead of winning the presidency, while Trump lags behind with 213 votes.

He currently has a 0.4% lead on 49.6% of the total vote in the state, compared to 49.2% on Trump. The Associated Press is waiting for a candidate to have a 0.5% lead to call a race. Anything below this difference would require a recount under state law.

On Friday evening, Justice Samuel Alito announced that all Pennsylvania counties must separate post-polling ballot papers after Republicans appealed to exclude those votes from the total.

STATES STILL IN GAME

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 votes from the electoral college

Result expected Friday to count about 76,000 votes

49.5% BIDEN – 3,315,745

49.3% TRUMP – 3,301,204

Biden leads with 14,541

ARIZONA – 11 votes from the electoral college

Result expected Friday to count about 250,000 votes

49.9% BIDEN – 1,565,200

48.6% TRUMP – 1,525,800

Biden leads with 39,400

Fox and the AP called Arizona about Biden on election day, but others held back as mail-in votes are counted. Mail-in ballots are trending toward Trump in Arizona.

GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral colleges

Result expected Friday to count about 5,500 votes + 8,000 mail-ins

49.4% BIDEN – 2,455,778

49.3% TRUMP – 2,451,594

Biden leads with 4,184

NEVADA – 6 votes of the electoral college

Result expected Friday to count about 130,000 votes

49.7% BID – 627,104

48.1% TRUMP – 606,967

Biden leads with 20,000

Trump's campaign had filed a motion to intervene in a state supreme court ruling that allowed election officials to count postal ballot papers that were postmarked by Tuesday election day and served by Friday.

However, Alito's order comes after Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar already instructed election officials to separate the ballots – which limited Trump's ability to claim the court order as a victory.

And whether or not those ballots are ultimately counted doesn't seem to have any bearing on who gets the state's 20 electoral votes after Biden tops the list with more than 27,130 votes.

The former vice president is close to winning the presidency by 0.4% over Trump in the state.

By late Friday there were about 89,000 postal ballots in Pennsylvania, the majority in Allegheny County, the state's second largest county.

In addition, there may be tens of thousands of tentative ballots that have yet to be tabulated, although the exact number has remained unclear. These ballot papers are counted after officials verify their eligibility to enroll.

Allegheny, which also includes the Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, could bring Biden to 270 votes.

He currently has 253 compared to Trump's 213, which means he can win the presidency in two ways.

If he wins Pennsylvania he'll get 20 votes and he won't need Arizona or Nevada anymore. But if he wins Arizona by 11 votes on the electoral college and Nevada by 6 votes, he won't need Pennsylvania anymore.

Biden's plans to reach out to the nation sparked an angry tweet from Donald Trump at the White House, where he allegedly spent the day angry watching TV and talking to confidants.

His legal path to question the election was unclear, and his mathematical path to retain power seemed almost complete. I could make that claim too. Legal proceedings are just beginning! & # 39;

Then he tweeted – apparently somewhat plaintively – that his initial "big leads" had disappeared, which election observers had predicted weeks before the election.

“I had such a big head start in all of these states late into election night, only to see the clues miraculously disappear as the days went on. Perhaps these clues will come back as our legal process progresses! & # 39; he tweeted.

But the Pennsylvania and Nevada polls showed Biden's leadership – not Trump's increase.

At the White House, Trump's inner circle was trying to figure out how to tell him he had lost while defiantly vowing to pursue legal challenges to the Count in a number of states, claiming he was fighting for "electoral integrity" of the day After an extraordinary 17-minute tirade claiming he was the victim of a "conspiracy", the counting of the votes was part of the "fraud".

Trump, who had a lead of 675,000 votes early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state that has 20 votes for the electoral college. By Thursday night, Trump's lead had dropped to about 26,319 votes as postal votes (pictured in Philadelphia) from across the state continued to be counted. The late-counted ballots were overwhelming in Biden's favor

Trump, who had a lead of 675,000 votes early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state that has 20 votes for the electoral college. By Thursday night, Trump's lead had dropped to about 26,319 votes as postal votes (pictured in Philadelphia) from across the state continued to be counted. The late-counted ballots were overwhelming in Biden's favor

Meanwhile, Trump had sued Pennsylvania to undermine the returned election result. The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle. A judge intervened and rejected the federal application. People took part in a "Count Every Vote" demonstration in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday

Meanwhile, Trump had sued Pennsylvania to undermine the returned election result. The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle. A judge intervened and rejected the federal application. People took part in a "Count Every Vote" demonstration in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday

Biden's campaign prepared an outdoor stage at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware for a prime-time address and warned broadcasters to prepare for a speech.

Close supporters of the Vice President were advised on Friday to drive to the Chase Center in their vehicles. The Democrats have held major drive-in cinema-style events to ensure adequate social distancing of their crowds. Fireworks took place in the Chase Center parking lot as part of his campaign after he accepted the Democratic nomination during the Democratic National Convention, where key speeches were moved to Wilmington due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the race for the former vice president is scheduled, the event is expected to look the same.

The country and the world are waiting for election results from three states; Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona.

One reason for the intensified race is that Pennsylvania law does not allow election officials to process postal ballots until election day.

It's a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden's favor after Trump claimed for months – without evidence – that the postal vote would lead to widespread electoral fraud.

There is a chance the race will not be decided for days and about 102,000 ballots remain to be counted, according to CNN. If there is a difference of less than half a percentage point between Biden and Trump's vote, state law stipulates that a recount must be carried out.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said earlier Friday it was time for Trump to "put on his big boys pants" and admit.

Democrats had long viewed Pennsylvania as part of their "blue wall" – a trifecta that includes Wisconsin and Michigan – that had served as a bulwark in presidential elections for years. In 2016, Trump won each time by less than one percentage point.

Claims to be the state's favorite son, Biden, born in Scranton, has long taken up the idea that he represented neighboring Delaware as the "third senator" of Pennsylvania during his decades. He has also fought extensively in the state from his home in Delaware.

Trump cannot win in Pennsylvania alone. With 214 votes in the electoral college, he would still have to pick up either Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona or Nevada – the other four states where a result has yet to be officially confirmed.

The previous Thursday, Kathy Boockvar told CNN's Jake Tapper, “I think there are about 550,000 odd – you know, plus or minus – ballots that are still being counted today.

& # 39; Some of these may have already been counted but not uploaded yet. But yes, they come in. We're getting 10,000 here, 20,000 here, counties are angry at work.

Pennsylvania said it will continue to count postal votes through Friday as long as they are postmarked November 3rd.

Meanwhile, Trump had sued Pennsylvania to undermine the returned election result.

The scene outside the White House on the early third day after election day for the 2020 presidential election

The scene outside the White House on the early third day after election day for the 2020 presidential election

The Philadelphia and Pittsburgh voting was suspended on Thursday due to the legal battle.

A judge intervened and rejected the federal application.

In Nevada, there are only around 51,000 voices left to be called before Friday and they say they need so much time.

Arizona also says it will need until Friday to get a result for their remaining 450,000 votes.

The Trump campaign had a brief legal victory in Pennsylvania Thursday when a judge ruled ballot observer watched officials count ballots within six feet.

Representatives from both campaigns were in the room to watch the counts, but at a greater distance due to the coronavirus. A district judge approved the Trump campaign, but the state's Supreme Court rejected it.

Complicating the situation in Pittsburgh is the approximately 30,000 outstanding ballot papers that resulted in a salesperson sending the wrong ballots to voters and having to reissue new ballots with the correct races.

Poll workers now have to check those ballots to make sure people don't vote twice. If you submitted the wrong ballot, you did not participate in races for which you are not eligible.

They cannot be legally counted until Friday when Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh sits, swears on a special panel to review those ballots as required by law

Trump's legal team has filed lawsuits on several fronts – to try to curb the flow of presumably pro-Biden postal ballot papers into the system and to enforce better access for observers to presumably dispute more single ballot papers.

They scored a first victory Thursday morning, which former Florida Secretary of State Pam Bondi, a Trump supporter, wielded at a press conference.

The judgment of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturns a decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. It will allow Trump watchers to "observe all aspects of the acquisition process within 6 feet while complying with all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing."

On Twitter, Trump touted it as: "Great Legal Victory in Pennsylvania!"

But then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court knocked it down almost instantly when the Democrats appealed.

Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi speaks to the media about a court order granting Trump's campaign access to observation of Thursday's vote counting operations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi speaks to the media about a court order granting Trump's campaign access to observation of Thursday's vote counting operations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Trump supporters protest outside the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Thursday

Trump supporters protest outside the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Thursday

Trump's court battle for votes in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan

PENNSYLVANIA LITIGATION

Several court battles are pending in the battlefield state of Pennsylvania.

The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and county electoral officials for limiting the time it took electoral officials to contact voters by mail to correct incorrect ballot papers.

Separately, two Republican candidates and several voters are trying to prevent election officials from "curing" invalid postal ballots. The Commonwealth Court on Friday ordered electoral officials to revoke preliminary ballot papers cast on election day by voters whose postal or postal ballot papers were received on time.

The Trump campaign is also battling electoral officials in Philadelphia over the city's vote counting, and Thursday's campaign was given better access to the proceedings that officials have appealed. A similar case filed with the federal court was dropped.

On Wednesday, Trump's campaign filed a motion to intervene in a pending US Supreme Court case contesting a ruling by the state's Supreme Court that allowed election officials to count postal ballot papers postmarked by Tuesday election day and were delivered by Friday.

The US Supreme Court justices said there was not enough time to decide the merits of the case before election day, but said they could re-examine it later.

Judge Samuel Alito, along with Conservative colleagues Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, said in a written statement that the Pennsylvania Court's decision was "highly likely" to violate the US Constitution.

Pennsylvania election officials said they would separate properly stamped ballot papers that arrived after election day.

NEVADA

A voter, media member and two candidate campaigns sued the Secretary of State and other officials for preventing the use of a signature verification system in densely populated Clark County and giving the public access to vote counting.

Thursday's lawsuit came after Trump campaign officials announced they would file a lawsuit in the state after claiming without evidence that thousands of votes were cast by dead and voters no longer in Clark County, where are Las Vegas is located.

GEORGIA BALLOT FIGHT

The Trump campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Chatham County's state court alleging late-arriving ballots were improperly mixed with valid ballot papers and requested a judge to separate late-arriving ballots rather than count them.

The case was dismissed on Thursday.

MICHIGAN BALLOT COUNTING FIGHT

Trump's campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Michigan to prevent state officials from counting ballots until there is an election inspector at each postal voting counting committee. The campaign also wanted to check ballot papers that were opened and counted before an inspector from their campaign was present.

On Thursday, Michigan Court of Claims judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed the case.

US POSTAL SERVICE LITIGATION

The U.S. Postal Service said that in Pennsylvania, during two rounds on Thursday, approximately 1,700 ballot papers were identified in processing plants that were being delivered to election officials, according to a court filed early Friday.

The Postal Service said 1,076 ballots were found in its Philadelphia Processing and Distribution Center. Approximately 300 were found at the Pittsburgh processing center, 266 at a Lehigh Valley facility, and others at other Pennsylvania processing centers.

District Judge Emmet Sullivan is overseeing a lawsuit brought by Vote Forward, the NAACP, and Latino community attorneys who have requested the Postal Service to deliver postal ballot papers in time for the election.

The reason for the appeal wasn't because of concern about the observation itself, experts said, but because Democrats said Republicans accepted the rules for observation before they went into effect.

They argue that changing the rules, once agreed, would pave the way for further changes.

That is not the end of the road for the Trump campaign. The big battle with a greater potential to affect the count could result in a challenge to an earlier Supreme Court decision allowing the state to count postal ballots received three days after polling day.

Conservative judges had indicated that there could be another hearing should these later-counted ballots prove decisive.

But a decisive victory for Biden with votes received before election day would undermine the need for the lawsuit – and Biden was with Trump's leadership with hundreds of thousands of ballots outstanding.

The Pennsylvania Democrats, aware of potential challenges and alarmed by reports that Republican-controlled lawmakers may seek to intervene, have later segregated postal ballots received to prevent the entire state outcome from being discarded.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General blew up the move on Thursday.

"This question is a matter of constitutional law," he said, noting that it was decided by the Supreme Court. "It was decided that these ballots and they be counted," he told CNN.

“We follow the law here in Pennsylvania. We count these legal votes, ”he said.

Biden's lead in Arizona shrinks again, dropping below 30,000, as Trump reclaims some of the votes and 173,000 ballots remain to be counted

Joe Biden's lead in Arizona has fallen below 30,000 votes after Trump narrowed the gap slightly during a mail-in vote on Friday night.

Biden is now with 49.7% ahead of Trump's 48.8% with 173,000 ballots that have yet to be counted nationwide.

Of these outstanding ones, 92,000 are in Maricopa County, the largest county in the state, which includes Phoenix.

you That includes 47,000 tentative ballots that won't be counted until Wednesday, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CNN.

On Friday afternoon, Katie Hobbs said they would only work through 61,000 a day – an incredibly slow pace with the whole country and world waiting for the results.

This means they may not be ready until 12 noon on Sunday. Of the 61,000 votes in Maricopa County that were counted overnight and reported Friday morning, Biden won 28,285 and Trump 31,716. The next update won't be released until midnight (EST) tonight.

Biden is a leader in every other state. He grabbed Trump's lead in Pennsylvania on Friday and is now ahead with 27,130 votes.

There he will likely be called the winner on Friday. The remaining votes come from Allegheny County, which also includes the Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

If Biden wins Pennsylvania today, he won't need any of the other states to get the 270 electoral college votes he needs to claim the White House. If Trump wins Arizona he still needs every other state in the game, which seems increasingly unlikely.

In Georgia they are neck to neck and a recount was called because the edge is so thin. In Nevada, Biden is ahead with around 22,000 votes.

Arizona has a long political history as a Republican. It is the home state of Barry Goldwater, a five-year-old Conservative Senator who was nominated for a Republican presidential nomination in 1964.

John McCain, the party's 2008 presidential candidate, represented the state in Congress from 1983 until his death in 2018.

Demographic shifts, including a rapidly growing Latino population and a boom in new residents, some of whom are fleeing the skyrocketing cost of living in neighboring California, has made the state friendlier to Democrats.

Arizona has a long political history as a Republican. It is the home state of Barry Goldwater, a five-year-old Conservative Senator who was nominated for a Republican presidential nomination in 1964.

The party's 2008 presidential candidate, John McCain, represented the state in Congress from 1983 until his death in 2018.

Demographic shifts, including a rapidly growing Latino population and a boom in new residents, some of whom are fleeing the skyrocketing cost of living in neighboring California, has made the state friendlier to Democrats.

About 100 Trump supporters gathered again outside the Maricopa County polling center in Phoenix on Thursday evening. Some carried rifles and handguns in military style. Arizona law allows people to openly carry guns.

Authorities at the center used fences to create a "free speech zone" and keep the entrance to the building open. The crowd took turns singing: "Count the voices!" and "Four more years!" – and complain about the voting process through a megaphone.

They paused to listen as Trump spoke from the White House, where he reiterated many of his baseless allegations of rigged voting.

They hooted and clapped as the president said, "We're on track to win Arizona."

It comes after tThe AP and Fox News had both called Arizona early Wednesday morning claiming Trump had no way of reclaiming him – a move that was later questioned.

Arizona has eleven major votes for the electoral college which, if they give Biden now, will get him ready for the White House with 264 of the 270 votes he needs.

Biden's lead in Nevada grows by more than 22,000 votes as the number drags on at an unbearable pace with at least 124,000 outstanding ballots

Joe Biden's lead in Nevada has grown to more than 22,000 as the number of votes there drags on to at least another 124,000.

With more than 1.2 million ballots counted, Biden had a lead of 22,657 votes on Friday evening – a lead of around 1.79 percentage points over Trump.

But even after counting roughly 93% of the estimated votes, an estimated 124,500 votes remain, which could detract from Biden's advantage.

According to the Secretary of State, 58,000 postal ballot papers and 66,500 ballot papers are for voter registration.

As it stands, Biden remains 48% ahead with 49.8% of the vote in the state over Trump's.

Election officials in the state said they would post more results on Saturday at 12 p.m. EST.

Why it takes them so long to survive the rest remains largely unanswered.

One of the only reasons they have given is that they don't know how many postal ballot papers they will receive over the weekend, but they will not say when to stop taking them.

If Biden wins Nevada and his 6 electoral college points and Arizona, he wins the election. However, he doesn't need it to achieve victory.

Any ballot that is published by November 3rd will be counted if it arrives by November 10th – Tuesday – at 5pm. The majority of the ballot papers come from Clark County, where Las Vegas is located.

Biden is also a leader in Pennsylvania, which has 20 votes for the electoral college and would earn it the White House. A result is expected there sometime on Friday.

A recount has been called for in Georgia – where Biden leads by just over 4,300 votes – and in Arizona, where he leads by just over 29,000 votes. His lead in Arizona is shrinking.

Arizona was called out for him on Wednesday morning by Fox and the AP, but with 250,000 votes pending, it remains in the game for Trump. If Biden loses Arizona, he will have 259 votes for the electoral college. It would take him 11 more, from either Georgia (16), North Carolina (15), or Pennsylvania (20) to win.

It's unclear when North Carolina will announce, but it's expected to go to Trump like 2016.

Trump's team is crying fraud and they say they have "evidence" that "tens of thousands of votes" were fraudulently cast there.

Nevada law states that an individual must be in the state at least 30 days prior to voting in order to be eligible to vote.

That does not necessarily mean that they must have been physically in the state 30 days before the election.

Trump's people also claim that many of the votes in Nevada came from people who no longer live there or were cast on the names of the deceased.

Biden's lead in Georgia increases from 1,500 to 4,263 – so does it have to be recounted?

Joe Biden's lead in Georgia suddenly widened from 1,500 to 4,263 on Friday after officials said the race was so close that a recount would be inevitable.

Biden now leads in Georgia at 49.4% to Trump's 49.3%. On Friday afternoon, election officials said they had 5,500 postal ballot papers left, plus 8,000 that could have been from foreign military personnel.

In the final jump, Biden won more than 2,700 votes and Trump 2,121.

The Georgian Foreign Minister said on Friday that there will be a recount there no matter what the outcome because the margin is so tight.

If there is a recount, it will not delay the election result if Biden wins Pennsylvania, which he is ready for after taking the lead from Trump. This result is expected by the end of the day. He can also win before a recount in Georgia if he wins Nevada and Arizona, where he also holds the lead.

The implementation manager for the state's voting system, Gabriel Sterling, explained on Friday afternoon why it was taking so long.

“The outstanding ballots are roughly the same as they were this morning. We'll start with the margin. We're seeing a margin of 1,585. We're standing there, ”he said.

“We know that today is today for the military and overseas deadline. In total, we have 18,008 accepted and 8,410 still available that can be received.

“That doesn't mean a bucket is ready to count. that is, there are so many who can be received today. It'll be more than zero and less than 8,410 – somewhere in that range. We don't know exactly how many. & # 39;

Georgia has 16 votes for the electoral college. If Biden claims it today along with another state, he will win the presidency.

Trump would have to win every state still in the field to get a second term, and Biden is a leader everywhere.

Biden took a key lead in Pennsylvania on Friday morning. If he wins the state today, he will have won the White House.

Trump, however, refuses to accept the result, claiming that electoral fraud is all around.

In a county in Georgia a memory card was damaged on a scanner, so 400 had to be counted.

Officials in some counties are using paper votes for the first time in 20 years because they voted earlier this year that the machine vote was not secret enough. You then scan all of the paper votes, which is a "tedious" process.

Gabriel Sterling, manager for the implementation of the voting system in Georgia, said earlier Thursday that there was nothing suspicious or strange about the process, but that the elections are usually never so close that an official census does not always have to be made.

“We have no way of knowing how long the process will take. We hope for clarity, but "done" is a very relative term at this point.

“As we have been saying for weeks and months, it will take some time. The point here is to make sure that all votes are properly counted.

“The problem we have in Georgia is close coordination. There are other states that have more votes than we do, but there is a lot of leeway so nobody cares, ”said Sterling.

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