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Trump tests democracy by claiming conspiracy while TV cameras are cut off


STATES STILL IN GAME

ARIZONA – 11 votes of the electoral college: votes are still counted, deadline for the result unclear

50.49% OFFERED

48.14% TRUMP

Fox and the AP gave Biden to Arizona on Wednesday before dawn. On Wednesday afternoon officials said there were 600,000 votes left, suggesting they could be put back into the game.

The AP stands by his call, saying the outstanding votes are in Biden strongholds that will not return to Trump.

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 electoral college votes: Result expected Friday

50.1% TRUMP

48.7% bid

GEORGIA – 16 votes from the electoral college: The result is expected on Thursday

49.4% TRUMP

49.2% BID

NEVADA – 6 votes of the electoral college: Result expected Friday

49.4% bid

48.5% TRUMP

NORTH CAROLINA – 15 electoral college votes: Result expected sometime on Thursday

50.09% TRUMP

48.69% BIDEN

President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned the entire electoral process, claiming he was rigged against him from start to finish by a major conspiracy in an extraordinary White House statement that was shut down by television networks.

He claimed he was the victim of "big media, big money and big technology" which came together to commit "historic election nuisances".

He claimed that if all "legal votes" were counted he would win the presidential election, accusing the Democrats of "corrupt" stealing the contest in a suddenly announced White House address as his Pennsylvania and Georgia voting results continued to slide.

On the podium in the briefing room, he spoke for 17 minutes, reading mostly from a script, and listing his complaints about Joe Biden's campaign, "repression polls" and "fraud".

He left without asking a question when a White House reporter shouted, "Are you a sore loser?" – then his press secretary had to rush back to the podium, where he had forgotten to take his capitalized notes with him.

Trump's rant against his list of enemies was quickly shut down by television station after television.

As they turned away, MSNBC host Brian Williams said, "We're starting again in the unusual position of not only interrupting the President of the United States, but also correcting the President of the United States."

The Republicans turned him on within minutes with Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, saying, “There is no defense. No person or choice is more important than our democracy. & # 39; GOP representative Adam Klinzinger called it "crazy".

On the podium of the briefing room – where the only advisor to him was White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnanany – Trump looked dejected as he listed his enemies and demanded a victory no one had given him.

“If you count the legal votes, I win easily. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal our vote, ”he said during a press conference.

Joe Biden tweeted shortly after he finished saying, “Nobody will take our democracy away from us.

& # 39; Not now, never. America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to allow this to happen. & # 39;

Trump, whose campaign has sparked lawsuits in multiple battlefield states, talked more about the polls than his own campaign, calling them "bogus" and "suppression polls". He claimed that pollsters' mistakes were a deliberate attempt to keep his followers at home.

Then he switched on his own party and said there was no "blue wave". This referred to the Democrats' failure to win the Senate and increase their majority in the House.

This was an encrypted attack on top Republican figures who refused to support his allegations of fraud. His son Don Jr. used to scold Republicans in a similar way – but Mitch McConnell said every vote has to be counted.

& # 39; We won with historical numbers. And the pollsters knowingly got it wrong, they knowingly got it wrong. We had polls that were so ridiculous and everyone knew it at the time. There wasn't a blue wave they predicted, ”Trump said.

Trump's lead in Pennsylvania is slipping, and Biden is sneaking up on him in Georgia, while Biden stays ahead in Nevada and Arizona. It only takes Biden Pennsylvania to win, bringing him to 273 votes on the electoral college or Nevada and Arizona to 270 votes. In contrast, Trump would have to secure North Carolina, Arizona, and Pennsylvania to secure 271.

Trump had not been seen in more than 36 hours after appearing in the East Room of the White House at 2:30 am Wednesday morning to cheering fans in MAGA hats to claim he had "won".

But he spoke after a measured biden asked Americans to be patient and calm as they waited for the final ballots to be counted in the presidential race – amid growing concerns about the long wait for results and concerns about public order.

& # 39; Democracy is sometimes chaotic. Sometimes it takes a little patience, ”said the former Vice President from the stage of the Wilmington Queen Theater late on Thursday afternoon.

“So I ask everyone to stay calm, everyone to stay calm. The process works. The count is complete and we will know very soon. & # 39;

In the same brief statement, the Democratic nominee assured supporters that he and his runner-up, Senator Kamala Harris, would come out on top.

"We are still very comfortable, the Senator and I, we continue to feel very good about the state of affairs," said Biden. "We have no doubt that Sen. Harris and I will be declared winners when the count is complete."

In contrast, Trump spent the first few minutes of his press conference monotonously reading from a prepared speech about the election.

“We added 4 million voters to our party, the largest turnout in the history of the Republican Party. Democrats seem to have become the party of big donors, big media, big technology, and Republicans have become the party of American workers, and that's exactly what happened, ”Trump said.

He accused the media of giving Biden strong polling ratings to keep his voters at home.

Trust me, I won: Donald Trump stands on the podium in the White House briefing room claiming he won

End of Show: When Trump spoke from the WHite House Podium TV network after the TV network shut down its conspiracy-laden tirade

End of Show: When Trump spoke from the WHite House Podium TV network after the TV network shut down its conspiracy-laden tirade

That's all people: Trump left the stage with no questions asked. The only aide who went with him was Kayleigh McEnany, his press secretary at the White House. There was no sign of Vice President Mike Pence

That's all people: Trump left the stage with no questions asked. The only aide who went with him was Kayleigh McEnany, his press secretary at the White House. There was no sign of Vice President Mike Pence

Forgotten and almost lost: Trump left his prepared script behind in huge text and scribbled on the podium with felt pen. It had to be accessed by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Forgotten and almost lost: Trump left his prepared script behind in huge text and scribbled on the podium with felt pen. It had to be accessed by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

MAGA is here: While Donald Trump was speaking, his supporters in Arizona demanded that the count continue, while his attorneys in Pennsylvania demanded that it stop

MAGA is here: While Donald Trump was speaking, his supporters in Arizona demanded that the count continue, while his attorneys in Pennsylvania demanded that it stop

Damned verdict: Maryland Republican governor Larry Hogan got his highest vote. Adam Kinzinger is an Illinois Republican Congressman who was one of the first in his party to beat up Trump

Damned verdict: Maryland Republican governor Larry Hogan got his highest vote. Adam Kinzinger is an Illinois Republican Congressman who was one of the first in his party to beat up Trump

“As everyone can see now, the media poll was an election nuisance in the truest sense of the word.

'Through strong special interests, these really bogus polls, I have to call them bogus polls, state polls, are designed to keep our voters at home, create the illusion of momentum for Mr Biden and diminish Republicans' ability to Collect donations.

“Those were so-called suppression surveys, everyone knows that now. And it was never used to the extent that it was used in this last election, ”he said.

He accused the Democrats of tinkering with elections in states with outstanding results.

“There are only a few states left that still have to be decided in the race for president. The electoral machinery in these states is in any case run by Democrats, ”he said.

Arizona and Georgia – two critical states that still count ballots – have Republican governors.

He pointed to his campaign lawsuits alleging electoral fraud, but providing no evidence to support the allegations.

“There is enormous litigation and in this case they are trying to steal an election. They are trying to manipulate a choice and we cannot let that happen, ”he said.

President Donald Trump has responded to Biden's tips in Arizona and Nevada and his successes in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Twitter, often all in capital cities. Several tweets have been flagged as misinformation by Twitter.

Biden didn't mention Trump's name on Thursday.

But he made a comment that was clearly aimed at Trump and his campaign team's legal efforts to stop the vote count and rhetorical efforts to question the legitimacy of the elections.

In America voting is sacred. This is how the people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters, no one, nothing else, who elects the President of the United States of America, ”Biden said. "So every ballot has to be counted."

The previous Thursday, Biden was with the Queen to attend a COVID-19 and business briefing. He also performed at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, where he again told Americans to wait – but he would win.

The Delaware appearance was clearly intended to cast Biden as president and to paint a contrast to Trump.

The call for calm also spoke of increasing public order concerns.

Address to America: Joe Biden appeared with his running mate Kamala Harris at his side to plead for calm and patience with the number of votes

Address to America: Joe Biden appeared with his running mate Kamala Harris at his side to plead for calm and patience with the number of votes

Public statement: "We continue to feel very good, the Senator and I, we continue to feel very good about the state of affairs," said Biden. "We have no doubt that Sen. Harris and I will be declared winners when the count is complete."

Public statement: "We continue to feel very good, the Senator and I, we continue to feel very good about the state of affairs," said Biden. "We have no doubt that Sen. Harris and I will be declared winners when the count is complete."

In Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada, Trump supporters, some of whom are armed, have descended on the census of places.

And arrests were made in New York on Wednesday after a protest against Biden, where every vote was counted, sparked violence.

The president had launched an angry tweet calling for the count to stop early Thursday morning. Then he said his campaign would be sued in every state where Joe Biden had already been declared a winner.

The election result now depends on five states: Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Nevada, Arizona and Georgia had expected to end their counts Thursday, but then expectations changed.

The extraordinary focus on counting in individual states is unprecedented.

The legal remedies Republicans use to challenge election results

Michigan – Stop the vote counting and check the ballot papers

Called for Biden with 99 percent of the counted ballots

Donald Trump filed a lawsuit yesterday in the battlefield state of Michigan to stop counting votes and review the ballots that were counted.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans were not given "meaningful access to numerous counting locations to watch ballot opening and the counting process."

He claims this is against state law.

Georgia – secure and allow for late postal ballot papers

Too early to call. Trump is 0.5 points ahead with 98 percent of the ballots counted

President Trump and the Republican Party of Georgia have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County asking a judge to order the late and settlement of all late ballot papers.

It was filed after a Republican observer claimed to have seen mail-in ballot papers received after the 7:00 p.m. deadline, which was added to a batch of legitimate votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP election observer, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots being processed.

Wisconsin – tell the ballot

Called for Biden with 99 percent of the counted ballots

The Trump campaign last night announced that it would call for a ballot recount in Wisconsin after an extremely close race.

Biden could only book one victory in the state and led Trump with only 0.53 percent of the vote.

Wisconsin law allows campaigns to pay a recount if the loss is less than 1 percent.

Pennsylvania – Multiple Legal Challenges

I won't know until Friday. With 89 percent of the counted ballot papers three points ahead

Supreme Court

The Trump campaign yesterday said it was embroiled in a case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court about whether late postal ballot counts can be counted.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ruled that ballots arriving up to three days late could be counted, which is currently being contested by the state's Republicans.

Trump's lawyers are now planning to intervene in this case.

Stop counting until transparency is guaranteed

As in Georgia, he also said Trump would sue to prevent "Democratic election officials from hiding ballot counting and processing from GOP election observers."

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 meters from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to stop counting votes until "meaningful transparency" is guaranteed.

Voter ID Challenge

Trump has accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, of unilaterally extending the deadline for mail-in voters who were missing ID cards to produce evidence.

According to state law, first-time mail-in and out-of-office voters must present identification.

The paper-thin borders in every state mean that now every ballot counts towards the result. In a normal year, state results would have been quickly pulled up by television stations and the Associated Press, and the count continued quietly in the background.

No calls were made this time, however, as an unprecedented number of postal voting slips fueled record turnouts. Instead, it is official censuses that regularly take days or even weeks to be carried out, certified and declared that have become the focus of public attention.

In every state:

  • Nevada: 63,000 ballots remain to be counted, but late postal ballots still arrive and will be valid through Tuesday, November 10th. The result may not be known until Thursday, November 12th, when all preliminary ballot papers are decided afterwards through a validation process. & # 39; Biden is ahead with 11,500 votes.
  • Pennsylvania: The count stopped and restarted in Philadelphia when Trump's campaign sued for not being able to see the count and won their case first. And in Pittsburgh, 35,000 votes can only be legally counted on Friday. But the foreign minister hinted that a result could come Thursday and suggested
  • Arizona: The SeAccording to the Cretary of State, the count of 450,000 outstanding votes will not be completed until Friday, prolonging the excruciating wait for an election result after a night of chaos in which Biden's leadership has shrunk significantly and the state may come back into play for Trump. Biden is ahead in Arizona, but only with around 67,000 votes after his majority fell overnight. Of the 450,000 votes remaining, 300,000 are in Maricopa County, where Biden is two points ahead and where he is expected to win.
  • Georgia: The state has reached the last 50,000 ballots but has yet to say when this will be completed. And Friday is the deadline
  • North Carolina: There is no indication of when the result will be final.

The Associated Press awarded Biden 264 votes – including in Arizona, a state that not all news organizations have phoned and that argued in the Trump campaign that if all the votes are counted, they can win.

Nevada's six votes would get Biden to exactly 270 in the AP count – and give him the presidency.

Nevada released another tranche of votes Thursday, increasing Biden's lead to 12,000.

Georgia also released additional vote counts, which caused Trump's lead to drop to about 13,500 votes. The state has about 50,000 postal ballots left to count – along with preliminary ballot papers, military votes, and votes from Americans living abroad.

Trump faces a much higher hurdle to 270 with 214 votes. He would have to win all four remaining battlefield states: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

The Trump campaign expressed confidence that the president will receive a second term in the White House.

"By the end of tomorrow – Friday – it will be clear that President Trump and Vice President Pence will have another term in the White House," said the campaign's senior advisor, Jason Miller, at a press conference on Thursday morning.

The Biden campaign was similarly confident.

"Our data shows that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States," said Dillon.

As the count dragged on, Trump expressed confidence he will win the election but said his campaign will be suing in the battlefield states where Joe Biden won. This is a sign that his team is not confident that the voting numbers will be in his favor.

& # 39; All of the states recently claimed by Biden are being challenged by us for election fraud and election fraud. Lots of evidence – just check out the media. WE WILL WIN! America First !, '' Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.

In addition, Trump has called for the nation to stop counting votes in the presidential election.

It also launched a flurry of litigation.

In Nevada, which could give Biden the presidency, should he win his six votes, he claimed that non-residents would be allowed to vote.

The Trump campaign had a legal victory Thursday in Pennsylvania 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 Democrats appealed to the state Supreme Court.

The Biden campaign accused the Trump team of using the court system to delay the inevitable.

"What we are seeing with these lawsuits is that they are unfounded and nothing more than an attempt to distract and delay the inevitable – Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States," said campaign manager Jennifer O'Malley Dillon said Reporters Thursday morning.

“STOP THE COUNT!” Tweeted the president on Thursday as state officials continued their way through the legal votes. Trump has spent the past few days at the White House talking to advisers about the race.

If civil servants stop counting now and the elections are brought up to date, as the president seems to be demanding, Biden would win. The president needs to close voting gaps in Arizona and Nevada to win the election – in other words, he needs officials there to keep counting the ballots.

Trump later added this tweet: "EVERY VOTE THAT COMES AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!"

The president was likely referring to Pennsylvania, where officials count all postal ballot counts received through Friday as long as they are marked with election day. Trump is currently a leader in the state, but Biden is slowing down as the mail-in votes are counted. More Democrats than Republicans used the mail-in voting option.

However, he did not state the law as it exists. The state was in the process of counting ballots that were not received after election day. And the change to allow voting papers three days later was upheld by the Supreme Court in a ruling that the US Supreme Court upheld. The Trump camp could try to re-question the ballots later the day after the election.

Twitter warned several tweets from the president.

And the Trump campaign released a statement from the president to clarify his tweets: “IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I WILL JUST WIN THE VOTE! IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, YOU MAY STEAL THE VOTE FROM US! & # 39;

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.

Biden closed the gap with Trump in Pennsylvania as ballots are counted.

And in Chatham County, Georgia, where Savannah is located, a judge ruled against the Trump campaign's legal challenge to some postal ballot papers. The judge said officials had taken the right precautions to ensure that legal ballot papers were counted. Trump's lead in Georgia fell to less than 20,000 votes as more votes were released.

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The chaos hit the polling center in a major Arizona county Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest. Some carried guns to continue the vote

The chaos hit the polling center in a major Arizona county Wednesday night after a large group of Trump supporters gathered outside to protest. Some carried guns to continue the vote

Trump campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski speaks outside the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania amid lawsuits from the state's campaign

Trump campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski speaks outside the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania amid lawsuits from the state's campaign

NEVADA: Supporters of President Trump protest against the vote in Nevada in Clark County

NEVADA: Supporters of President Trump protest against the vote in Nevada in Clark County

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where postal ballot papers are counted for the 2020 general election

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump chant slogans as they gather outside the room where postal ballot papers are counted for the 2020 general election

A video from outside the counting center showed the angry crowd shouting that the vote would be suppressed

A video from outside the counting center showed the angry crowd shouting that the vote would be suppressed

As President Trump brings unfounded charges of election fraud, pro-Trump protesters have appeared at polling centers in Nevada, Arizona and Detroit demanding that all votes be counted.

The results of the election remain unclear, but Biden is only inches away from victory as the postal ballot papers are counted.

Trump has falsely claimed that these votes are ineligible because they are counted after the election. Votes were legally cast before election day, but mail-in ballots take longer to count as they need to be checked against the electoral roll to confirm that it is a legal vote from a registered voter – just like if someone did Whoever votes in person must confirm their identity with an election officer prior to receiving a vote.

In Arizona, armed pro-Trump protesters climbed into a counting center in Maricopa County overnight after Biden's lead was reduced from 200,000 votes to just 68,000 when votes continued to be counted.

They faced police and security in front of the counting center and sang that every vote should be counted with the result on the balance sheet. At least one person got in and forced the center to close with detained staff.

Why It Takes So Long To Count Votes: Slowly counting mail-ins, fixing ballot slips one by one, running out of ink, and printer errors has taken the process for days while America and the world wait

As Americans wait for five key states to finally crown a winner in the presidential election, one question is on everyone's lips: what will take so long?

Election officials in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina have asked for patience as they continue to cut piles of hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballot papers.

The main reason behind the sluggish count is a record number of mail-in ballots that take significantly longer to process than personal ballots because they have to be checked and scanned through a multi-step system where it has gone wrong.

Voting centers in the US have reported problems with ink shortages, ballot papers printed on wrong paper, and faulty machines, compounding an already arduous process.

The states that have not been called by Thursday are facing another challenge: unprecedented pressure to make sure the results are right when the margin is razor-thin.

President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to litigate in every battlefield state won by rival Joe Biden as he continued to make feverish demands not to count in states that have not yet been called.

Trump and the Republicans have been waging a war on postal ballot papers for months, accusing them of leading to widespread electoral fraud.

Now that mail-in votes have been delayed, Republicans argue that the counting process is stacked against them too – even in states where their own party makes the rules.

Meanwhile, Biden and the Democrats have urged Americans to be patient, insisting that every vote be counted, especially as they expect the bulk of the postal ballots to go in their favor.

With the eyes of the nation looking down on them, election officials in the states that are still to be won are doing just that to ensure the results are bulletproof in preparation for Trump campaign legal action.

Two days after the election, hundreds of thousands of postal ballot papers in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina go untold. Many wonder why it takes so long to get a result. Pictured: Fulton County election workers check ballots as they count the votes at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday

Two days after the election, hundreds of thousands of postal ballot papers in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina go untold. Many wonder why it takes so long to get a result. Pictured: Fulton County election workers check ballots as they count the votes at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday

The states are still counting from Thursday afternoon:

  • Pennsylvania (Jan.
  • Arizona (11)
  • Nevada (6)
  • Georgia (16)
  • North Carolina (15)

Not knowing the winner of the presidential election two days after the elections are over is understandably worrying for Americans, who are used to seeing a result on the night of.

In fact, the counting process has always lasted for days or weeks and continued after the media projected the winner using partial counts.

Each state has its own certification period to take an official census, ranging from two days after the Delaware election to more than a month after the California election.

Why mail-in ballots take so long to count

Experts have been predicting for months that the counting of votes would take much longer than in previous years due to the unprecedented number of voters mailing ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Postal ballot papers are much more time-consuming to process than personal ballot papers.

If you vote in person, the ballot usually goes straight to the machine, where it is processed and counted almost immediately.

There are a few more steps with postal ballot papers. The first step is processing, which in most states, has an election worker verifying the signature on the outside of the envelope against voter lists.

An agent then takes time to carefully open the envelope and flatten the ballot before it can be scanned into a system – a simple but tedious process in large numbers – and counted at that point.

Technical issues and snafus in multiple US jurisdictions further slowed the process this week.

Postal ballot papers are much more time-consuming to process than personal ballot papers. Pictured: Postal ballot papers are processed, flattened, and scanned by poll workers at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Pennsylvania on Nov. 3

Postal ballot papers are much more time-consuming to process than personal ballot papers. Pictured: Postal ballot papers are processed, flattened, and scanned by poll workers at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Pennsylvania on Nov. 3

In Georgia, for example, a burst whistle caused delays in the count of up to 60,000 postal ballot papers in Fulton County, which includes part of Atlanta, and leans on Democrat.

In another Georgia county, a scanner had a damaged memory card, 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.

In Wisconsin, postal voting results in and around Green Bay, a Democratic stronghold, were delayed after voting machines ran out of ink and more than 60,000 ballot papers had to be reprinted.

While some states have progressed by counting mail-in votes in the past two months, officials on three Midwestern battlefields – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – weren't allowed to start counting mail-in votes until or on or shortly before election day.

Republican-led legislatures in these three states had opposed legislative changes to allow earlier preparations as in other states.

States can predict how many postal ballot papers they will receive based on the number of requests. However, this does not apply to people who have changed their minds and instead voted in person or who have not sent their ballots by November 3rd.

Where the counting process is

Pennsylvania

On Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania has by far the most ballots to count, with an estimated 956,000.

The state with 20 votes will continue to accept ballot papers until Friday, 5 p.m., provided they have been stamped by election day.

Republicans challenged this late deadline before Election Day, but it persisted after the US Supreme Court refused to take the case.

However, the judges have stated that they may reconsider the case later – which means that any ballots received after election day could be thrown away, adding to the complication.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said Thursday that election officials could clear the "overwhelming majority" of the uncounted ballots in order to have a clear winner at the end of the day.

Boockvar has asked districts to segregate all ballot papers arriving between November 3 at 8 p.m. and November 6 at 5 p.m. in preparation for a legal challenge by the Trump campaign.

However, Boockvar told CNN that she believes the election numbers will have little effect on the outcome after election day.

"It's not a large number," she said. "So, I think no matter what, I don't think it's going to have a huge impact on this race."

The majority of the pending ballots in Pennsylvania are from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which are more democratic.

The count was stopped and resumed in Philadelphia when Trump's campaign sued that they were not allowed to see the count. They won their case first and then lost on Thursday's appeal. And in Pittsburgh, 35,000 votes can only be legally counted on Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania has by far the most ballots to count, with an estimated 956,000. Pictured: Monroe County's urban workers count the ballots Thursday in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

On Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania has by far the most ballots to count, with an estimated 956,000. Pictured: Monroe County's urban workers count the ballots Thursday in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Arizona

Arizona was due to announce a result Thursday morning before Secretary of State Katie Hobbs announced further delays.

Hobbs said there are roughly 450,000 ballots waiting to be counted across the state, with the majority – 300,000 – coming from Maricopa County, where pro-Trump protesters stormed an election office Wednesday night.

Maricopa County added 62,000 votes Thursday morning, bringing Biden 68,400 votes or less than three points ahead.

Like Maricopa County, the other counties with outstanding votes – Pima, Cococino, and Santa Cruz – are considered democratic areas.

The AP and other outlets declared Biden the winner Tuesday night in Arizona, but the number of votes is still being closely monitored.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has said it is confident of winning the state.

As of Thursday morning, Hobbs didn't give an estimate of how long it will take to get a result, but experts believe it could arrive by Friday.

Arizona did not accept postal ballot papers received after election day.

There are approximately 450,000 ballots waiting to be counted in the state of Arizona. The majority - 300,000 - are from Maricopa County, where pro-Trump protesters stormed an election office Wednesday night (pictured)

There are approximately 450,000 ballots waiting to be counted in the state of Arizona. The majority – 300,000 – are from Maricopa County, where pro-Trump protesters stormed an election office Wednesday night (pictured)

Georgia

According to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Georgia is currently home to nearly 48,000 postal ballot papers waiting to be counted.

The bulk of the uncounted ballots – 17,000 – are in Chatham County, which includes Savannah.

Gabriel Sterling, implementation manager for the voting system in Georgia, said Thursday the state was still working to determine how many preliminary ballot papers remained to be counted. He said he hoped they'd have a number at the end of the day.

"Fast is great and we appreciate it fast," said Sterling. "We value accuracy more."

When asked why it is taking so long, Sterling said there was nothing suspicious or strange about the process, but the elections are usually never that close, so there is not always an official census.

Trump and the Georgia Republican Party filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County on Wednesday, asking a judge to order the late and clearing of all late ballot papers.

It was filed after a Republican observer claimed to have seen mail-in ballot papers received after the 7:00 p.m. deadline, which was added to a batch of legitimate votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP election observer, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots being processed.

But Chatham District Judge James Bass dismissed Trump's lawsuit Thursday morning after district officials presented evidence that all ballots were legitimate and late ballots were not accepted.

Nevada

Nevada officials have estimated that around 100,000 remain to be counted, though that number is shaky as the state has been sending ballots out to all active registered voters.

The state, which received almost half of its 1.2 million votes in the mail, will accept ballots by November 10th.

The updated results, released Thursday afternoon, showed that Biden's lead had grown to nearly 12,000 votes, with 76 percent of the expected votes counted.

The majority of the outstanding vote is in Clark County, home to Las Vegas and over 70 percent of the state's electorate.

Clark County officials have said they hope to complete the census by the end of the weekend.

In Washoe County, the second largest county in the state, there were around 9,000 postal ballot papers waiting to be counted as of Thursday lunchtime.

The Trump campaign led a lawsuit in Nevada Thursday, claiming that "tens of thousands" of people who voted in the state are no longer resident there.

North Carolina

Like Pennsylvania and Nevada, North Carolina extended its deadline for acceptance of ballots stamped on election day to November 12th.

State election officials, who recorded a record 4.5 million postal votes prior to election day, said new results are not expected to be released until next week when the final ballot papers arrive.

There are currently around 116,000 pending postal ballot papers, but it is unclear how many will actually be returned.

"With very few exceptions, North Carolina's numbers won't change until November 12 or 13," said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the state board of elections, on Wednesday.

According to the AP, Trump has a one-point lead in the state with 94 percent of the expected votes.

The election result of Georgia depends on the last 47,227 votes

Gabriel Sterling, implementation manager for the Georgia voting system

Gabriel Sterling, implementation manager for the Georgia voting system

Georgia will still not call its election as 47,227 votes remain to count, officials said Thursday, and the race there is still too close to predict.

Biden could win Thursday's election with Georgia and earn another 16 electoral college points if he sticks to his leadership in Arizona. The result in Arizona is not expected until Friday, as 450,000 votes remain to be counted.

Trump's lead in Georgia shrank from 18,000 to 9,000 Wednesday through Thursday evening.

Officials in Arizona and Nevada – where only 51,000 need to be counted – say it will take them at least one more day to get through them and get right through them, despite having cast many, many more votes in the last couple of years of days alone.

Nearly 5 million votes were counted in Georgia, but the result depends on the last 47,227.

Why it takes so long to reach a conclusion is a question that millions of frustrated Americans ask and that is heard around the world. There is no easy answer to this.

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. They then scan all of the paper votes, which is a "laborious" process, it said on Thursday.

In some states, the race is just closer than it was in the last election. As a result, it is difficult for news and television broadcasters, which normally hold elections, to make a decisive prediction. Another reason is that there are more postal ballot papers this year than there were elections due to COVID-19. It takes longer to fill in and different states had different rules for when these could be counted.

In any case, Trump is already denying the results in several states. He says there has been electoral fraud in Nevada, with people sending ballots in the names of dead residents and non-residents.

In Georgia, they couldn't verify that the census was done properly.

In Wisconsin he is also calling for a recount, and in Michigan and Pennsylvania he wants the count to stop.

Trump has not been seen in person since 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when he called for an early election campaign and said the entire process was a "scam against the American people."

In almost every state that Biden has won, Trump's lead was initially strong and then shrank as more ballots – especially mail-in ballots – were counted.

He thinks it's suspicious.

Gabriel Sterling, implementation manager for the Georgia voting system, said Thursday the process is not suspicious or strange, but elections are usually never that close, so there is not always an official census.

“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.

He said he expected to get a result by the end of the day.

In Georgia, Supreme Court Justice James Bass said there was "no evidence" to support the Trump suit's claims that 53 ballot papers were late and mixed with other ballot papers. In Michigan, Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled against the Trump campaign push to stop counting in order to gain additional access for her observers. "I have no basis to determine that there is a significant chance of success in the matter," she said.

"All of the states recently claimed by Biden are being challenged by us for election fraud and electoral fraud," Trump tweeted on Thursday amid the nationwide flash of legal challenges. “Lots of evidence – just look at the media. WE WILL WIN! America first! & # 39;

Trump's team scored a victory in a Pennsylvania court, but not on a point likely to affect a race with thousands of ballots.

"The Trump campaign called it a 'big win', but state officials appealed, saying it jeopardized both the security of the city's accused acquisition and the privacy of voters."

Even if Trump's legal efforts ultimately fail, they are already managing to slow the voting process, and Trump's allies claim that Trump won an "overwhelming victory" on the "verifiable" ballot.

Nevada is delaying the election result until Friday

Nevada has inexplicably delayed its election results, stating that it will need at least until tomorrow to count the remaining votes as the country and the world wait in excruciating ways to find out who will be the next president.

It's unclear how many votes remain to be counted across the state, but in Clark County, where Las Vegas accounts for 800,000 of the 1.1 million votes already counted, officials say there are 51,000 they won't be able to count be able to return a result by tomorrow.

They claim it's because the process just takes so long, despite having somehow counted 15 times as many votes since the polls ended on Tuesday.

Biden is the leader in Nevada, but only with 11,545 votes, which is around 1 percent. If he claims the state today, he will Earn another 6 electoral college points and get 270 when you factor in the 11 from Arizona.

Arizona was called out to him by Fox and the AP on Wednesday morning, but with 450,000 votes still 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.

Ric Grenell, Donald Trump adviser and former acting director of the National Intelligence Service, speaks during a press conference outside the Clark County Electoral Department on Thursday. They say they have "evidence" that tens of thousands of votes were fraudulently cast in Nevada

Ric Grenell, Donald Trump adviser and former acting director of the National Intelligence Service, speaks during a press conference outside the Clark County Electoral Department on Thursday. They say they have "evidence" that tens of thousands of votes were fraudulently cast in Nevada

It's unclear when North Carolina will announce, but it is expected to go like 2016 after Trump. The race in Nevada was close. Biden led most of the morning there with only around 7,000 votes.

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

"We are confident that President Trump will win the state of Nevada if all legal votes are counted – and only legal votes are counted," Ric Grenell, former director of National Intelligence, told Fox News Thursday morning.

& # 39; The reality is that transparency is not political. Ballot papers are not automatically legal votes until they are reviewed. We can't check.

“In the state of Nevada you can stay for 30 days. If you've been out of the state for 30 days, it's illegal to vote.

& # 39; We're filing this federal lawsuit to protect legal voters.

“In this country it is unacceptable for illegal votes to be counted. This is exactly what is happening in the state of Nevada, ”Grenell claimed at a press conference.

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.

The Arizona Secretary of State extends the results through Friday, saying 450,000 remain to be counted

Katie Hobbs, Arizona's secretary of state, said the process would just take as long as it takes

Katie Hobbs, Arizona's foreign secretary, said Arizonas won't be final until tomorrow evening

Arizona's foreign minister says the count of 450,000 outstanding votes won't be completed until Friday, adding to the excruciating wait for an election result after a night of chaos in which Biden's leadership shrank significantly and the state came back into play for Trump.

Biden is ahead in Arizona, but only with around 67,000 votes after his majority fell overnight.

Of the 450,000 votes remaining, 300,000 are in Maricopa County, where Biden is two points ahead and where he is expected to win.

Biden is ahead in Arizona, but only with around 67,000 votes after his majority fell overnight.

At midnight EST, they are expected to announce the results of 140,000 of those votes. Then tomorrow they will announce the remaining 160,000, said the foreign minister.

The AP and Fox News both called Arizona early Wednesday morning claiming Trump had no way of reclaiming him – a move that is now being 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. He would only have to win Nevada, Georgia or North Carolina to get the win if his lead in Arizona holds.

Nevada has 6 votes for the electoral college and will be announced at 12 noon EST. Georgia holds 16 and will be announced later. Trump is only ahead in Georgia with 18,000 votes and there are around 60,000 votes left. The census is expected to be completed there today.

If Biden loses Arizona to Trump, Trump will rise from 214 votes to 22. He would then only need 42 additional votes for the Georgia (16), North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (20) electoral college – all states in which he is located is leading – to get victory, provided he wins Alaska's three electoral college votes, which he is all but guaranteed to receive.

The delay extends the already excruciating wait to find out who will be the next president for frustrated Americans and people around the world who are now wondering why it is taking so long to reach a conclusion.

So far there has not been a simple answer. In some states, it's because the margin is incredibly tight. In other cases, mail-in ballots have not yet arrived and can still be counted for days. Official censuses are usually never returned on election day or even immediately afterwards. Instead, the choice is always made by a television or news network based on an analysis of possible outcomes.

But nobody names it this year because the race in the remaining swing states was so close.

As the excruciating wait dragged on Thursday morning, Katie Hobbs, Arizona's secretary of state, said the process would just take as long as it takes.

“In Maricopa County, two-thirds of the voting population, there are just under 300,000 votes left. Nationwide, there are still 450,000 votes to be counted for us to get there. We have said from the start that this is the time. We will focus on making sure that every valid vote counts.

“I haven't had an estimate from Maricopa County of how long it will take them to get through the ballots. It doesn't look like today – probably closer to tomorrow if we try to hold out those ballots, ”she said Good morning America.

At 5 p.m. EST, she said the same number had yet to be counted and that Maricopa County was only getting through 140,000 a day – that is, it could take another two days.

Finally! Pennsylvania says it could have TODAY election results

The Pennsylvania Secretary of State has announced that the state could return an election result Thursday – a day earlier than expected – that could end the excruciating wait for the next president.

Trump is still leading in Pennsylvania by 115,000 points, a two point lead that is gradually shrinking as Biden gathers more votes from urban areas. Pennsylvania holds 20 electoral college votes.

If Biden wins, he wins the election. He currently has 264 votes – including Arizona, although it easily comes back into the game.

Even without Arizona, if he won Pennsylvania, he would take over the White House.

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.

“I think we definitely could. I think there are roughly 550,000 odd – you know, plus or minus – ballot papers still 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 Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told CNN on Thursday afternoon that the state could report an election result tonight - one day early

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told CNN on Thursday afternoon that the state could report an election result tonight – one day early

"I think no matter what, I don't think it's going to have a huge impact on this race," said Kathy Boockvar to CNN's Jape Tapper Thursday afternoon.

Trump is already suing in 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 let it go; There are still 550,000 votes to be counted.

There are only around 51,000 left in Nevada who have to be called before tomorrow and they say they need so much time. Arizona also says it will take until tomorrow to get a result for their remaining 450,000 votes.

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

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 allows 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."

Trump extolled the "great legal victory in Pennsylvania!" on twitter. But then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court knocked it down almost instantly when the Democrats appealed.

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.

"Diese Frage ist eine Frage des Staatsrechts", sagte er und stellte fest, dass sie vom Obersten Staatsgericht entschieden wurde. "Es wurde beschlossen, dass diese Stimmzettel und sie gezählt werden", sagte er CNN.

»Wir folgen hier in Pennsylvania dem Gesetz. Wir zählen diese gesetzlichen Stimmen «, sagte er.

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