With votes still being counted across the nation, President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to undermine confidence in the nation’s election, making unsupported accusations from the White House about the integrity of the results in his race against Democrat Joe Biden.Hours earlier, Biden offered reassurances that the counting could be trusted, projecting a more presidential appearance while urging patience from Americans.The candidates’ sharply contrasting postures intensified a national moment of uncertainty as the nation and the world waited to learn which man would collect the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. A handful of key states are too early to call, including Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia. The Associated Press is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory.See the latest updates below (all times Eastern):9 a.m. FridayJoe Biden has taken the lead from President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania by just over 5,500 votes. The state’s 20 Electoral College votes are a crucial path to victory for the campaigns. The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call.Trump’s lead dwindled after Election Day when state officials began processing mail-in ballots, a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months claiming — without proof — that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden’s and Trump’s vote totals, state law dictates that a recount must be held.Editor’s note: The Associated Press has declared a winner in Arizona, however several other outlets have not yet. The race in Arizona is tightening, as more results are released. The AP continues to watch and analyze vote count results from Arizona as they come in, said Sally Buzbee, AP executive editor.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8:30 a.m. FridayJoe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold. Biden now has a 917-vote advantage.As of this writing, 8,197 ballots still need to be counted in Georgia: 4,800 in Gwinnett County; 444 in Floyd County; 1,797 in Laurens County; and 456 in Taylor County.The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted — many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested. 7:55 a.m. FridayToday at 11 a.m., Arizona plans to release additional results. The AP has called the state for Biden, but continues to keep a close eye on it as Trump has made gains.Georgia is continuing to release updated vote counts for mail-in ballots throughout the day. The state also plans to start providing results for provisional and military ballots. 3:30 a.m. FridayWhile the race continues, the president’s leads in key states, notably Georgia and Pennsylvania, have shrunk. It is still too early to call either of the states, however. The three other states that still have not been called — Nevada, Arizona and, often forgotten, Alaska — continue counting ballots. 1:30 a.m. FridayKey battleground states continued counting ballots through Thursday night. Georgia remained too close to call with the final ballots being counted, though the race is not expected to be called until Friday morning at the earliest. What ballots remained are in counties Biden has performed well in. North Carolina and Nevada also remained too early to call, with vote counts expected for the next couple of days. Pennsylvania still has hundred of thousands of outstanding ballots to count. President Trump held onto his lead through the evening, though it had dwindled considerably from his lead on Nov. 3 as mail-in ballots continue being counted.Mail-in ballots from across the state overwhelmingly broke in Biden’s direction, in part because Trump has spent much of the election cycle warning his own supporters without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent.There’s also a possibility the race in Pennsylvania won’t be decided for days. If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden and Trump’s vote total, state law dictates that a recount must be held. 10:30 p.m. ThursdayIn Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of votes are still left to be counted. As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday, more than 208,000 mail-in votes still needed to be counted there, according to the state’s Votes PA dashboard. Trump, who held a 675,000-vote lead early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state. By Thursday evening, the president’s lead had slipped to about 53,000 votes — and the race is expected to get tighter.One reason is because election officials are not allowed to process mail-in ballots until Election Day under state law. It’s a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.Mail ballots from across the state by Thursday evening overwhelming broke Biden’s direction.There’s also a possibility the race won’t be decided for days. If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden and Trump’s vote total, state law dictates that a recount must be held.8:50 p.m. ThursdayWhy the AP hasn’t called Georgia’s close raceTens of thousands of still-uncounted ballots — many in counties where Democrat Joe Biden was in the lead — are what’s making the Georgia contest between President Donald Trump and Biden too early to call.Trump and Biden were locked in a tight contest Thursday to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Georgia is a must-win state for Trump, who has a narrower path to victory than Biden.Trump prematurely declared he was winning it early Wednesday morning. Yet by Thursday evening his lead over Biden had narrowed to less than 3,500 votes.THE DETAILSThe secretary of state’s office said Thursday evening that 18,936 absentee ballots still needed to be counted in seven counties.That did not include provisional ballots and absentee ballots that have to be “cured” before being scanned. Ballots cast before Election Day by military voters and citizens living overseas and received by 5 p.m. Friday also will be tallied.Additionally, Biden’s vote margins grew after a handful of rural pro-Trump counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor, an analysis by the AP showed.There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.8 p.m. ThursdayDemocrat Joe Biden says, “No one is going to take our democracy away from us.” His comment came after President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that Democrats were trying to “steal” the presidential election from him.In a Thursday evening tweet, Biden says, “America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.”The nation is waiting to learn whether Biden or Trump will collect the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. Biden’s victories in Michigan and Wisconsin have put him in a commanding position, but Trump has showed no sign of giving up.Speaking earlier Thursday from the White House, Trump did not back up his claim about Democrats with any details or evidence. State and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.The ballot-counting process across the country has been running smoothly, and the count is ongoing in several battleground states.7:15 p.m. ThursdayPresident Donald Trump made his first public appearance since the early morning hours after Election Day and continued to peddle false accusations of “illegal votes” without evidence. Trump is renewing his unfounded claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election from him. He did not back up his claim with any details or evidence. State and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.”If you count the legal votes, we won,” Trump said from the White House Briefing Room Thursday. “If you count the illegal vote, they can try to steal the election from us.”The president, as he did early Wednesday, falsely claimed he had won states where the race has not been called. He claimed that he’s won Pennsylvania by “a lot” but many mail-in ballots still need to be counted.While discussing mail-in ballots, Trump, again, falsely claimed mail-in ballots lead to voter fraud. To be clear, there is no evidence of voter fraud when it comes to mail-in ballots.The president’s repeated falsehoods from the White House came as judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits, undercutting a campaign legal strategy to attack the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean Trump’s defeat.In this election, the court battles so far have been small-scale efforts to get a closer look at local elections officials as they process absentee ballots. A Michigan judge noted that the state’s ballot count is over as she tossed the campaign’s lawsuit.In Georgia, a state judge dismissed a case over concerns about 53 absentee ballots in Chatham County after elections officials in the Savannah-area county testified that all of those ballots had been received on time. Campaign officials said earlier they were considering similar challenges in a dozen other counties around the state.In Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the Trump campaign won an appellate ruling to get party and campaign observers closer to election workers who are processing mail-in ballots in Philadelphia.But the order did not affect the counting of ballots that is proceeding in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, as elections officials are dealing with an avalanche of mail ballots driven by fears of voting in person during a pandemic.The lawsuits in multiple states highlight that the Trump campaign could be confronting a political map in which it might have to persuade courts in two or more states to set aside enough votes to overturn the results. That’s a substantially different scenario than in the contested presidential election of 2000, which eventually was effectively settled by the Supreme Court, when the entire fight was over Florida’s electoral votes and involved a recount as opposed to trying to halt balloting.Trump last appeared in public early Wednesday, when he falsely declared victory over Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race. Trump has also publicly called for vote counting to stop by citing baseless allegations of fraud and misconduct.The presidential race has not been called because neither Trump nor Biden has yet collected the requisite 270 Electoral College votes. 6 p.m. ThursdayA legal effort in Nevada by President Donald Trump’s campaign and state Republicans to try to stop the count of mail ballots in Las Vegas is over.A document submitted in an appeal pending before the state Supreme Court says the campaign, state GOP, Democrats and attorneys for the state have reached a settlement requiring Clark County election officials to supply “additional observation access” at a ballot processing facility in Las Vegas.The state high court declined on Election Day to stop the count based on an appeal of a state judge’s decision not to stop processing mail ballots in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County — a Democratic stronghold in an otherwise red GOP state.In an order released Monday, Judge James Wilson Jr. in Carson City said he found neither the state nor Clark County had done anything to give one vote preference over another.Nevada Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to suppress voting in the state’s most diverse area.Trump campaign representatives said Thursday that they intended to file another complaint in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to try to stop the counting of what state campaign co-chair Adam Laxalt called “improper votes.” That lawsuit was not immediately filed.5:50 p.m. ThursdayThe Trump campaign and Republican National Committee have asked an Arizona judge to let them join a lawsuit that alleges vote tabulation equipment in metro Phoenix was unable to record a voter’s ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen.They argued that anecdotal accounts of potential tabulation errors resulting from Sharpies demands further review and that they should be allowed to participate in the lawsuit because it will likely affect their interests in the tabulation of votes.The lawsuit seeks a court order for all Maricopa County voters whose ballots were rejected as a result of using a Sharpie to be given a chance to fix their ballots. It also asks for such voters to be able to be present while election officials count their ballots.The Arizona Democratic Party earlier asked to join the lawsuit, arguing that Democratic voters could be disenfranchised if the woman who filed the lawsuit was able to challenge a voter’s intent in making ballot choices without knowing the applicable standards.A judge is holding a hearing Thursday in Phoenix in the lawsuit by Phoenix-area voter Laurie Aguilera, who also alleged ink from the marker bled through the back side of her ballot and that poll workers refused her request for a new ballot.4:30 p.m. ThursdayBiden says he feels “very good” about the outcome of the presidential election and is telling his supporters to “stay calm” as votes continue to be counted.Biden delivered brief remarks Thursday at a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. He says, “It is the will of the voters — no one, not anyone else — who chooses the president of the United States of America.”Trump’s campaign has pursued legal efforts to halt the vote counting in some states and is seeking a recount in Wisconsin.Biden says that “the process is working” and “we’ll know very soon” the outcome of the election. Biden and his top campaign officials have expressed confidence about the vote but have been careful to emphasize the need for every ballot to be counted.Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, stood next to him as he spoke.The Associated Press has not called the presidential race yet because neither Biden nor Trump has secured the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. Several key states remain too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada. 3:35 p.m. ThursdayA federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to perform twice daily sweeps of processing centers in states with extended ballot receipt deadlines to check for mail-in votes and to expedite them for delivery.Thursday’s order will remain in place until the end of states’ windows for accepting ballots.According to court records, a similar order by the same judge earlier this week found just 13 ballots in a search of 27 processing hubs in several battleground areas.Elections officials in key battleground states are continuing presidential vote counting. Democrat Joe Biden is urging patience, while President Donald Trump is pursing his legal options.Several key states are too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada. 2:15 p.m. ThursdayThe Arizona Democratic Party has asked a court to let it participate in a lawsuit that alleges vote tabulation equipment in metro Phoenix was unable to record a voter’s ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen.A judge is holding a hearing Thursday in Phoenix in the lawsuit by voter Laurie Aguilera, who also alleged that ink from the marker bled through the back side of her ballot and that poll workers refused her request for a new ballot.Aguilera is seeking a court order for all Maricopa County voters whose ballots were rejected as a result of using a Sharpie to be given a chance to fix their ballots. She also is asking for such voters to be able to be present while election officials count their ballots.The Democrats say the lawsuit is based on the unconfirmed account of one voter and her request to monitor ballot processing could throw the processing of ballots in Arizona’s largest county in disarray.In a court filing, the party says Democratic voters could be disenfranchised if Aguilera and others were able to challenge a voter’s intent in making ballot choices without knowing the applicable standards.Arizona election officials have said voting with a Sharpie would have no impact on the votes being recorded by a tabulation machine.1:55 p.m. ThursdayAs the nation awaits results from Nevada, Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria says it could take until Saturday or Sunday before the state’s largest county finishes tallying mail-in ballots that have been returned.Gloria said Thursday at a press conference: “Our goal here in Clark County is not to count fast. We want to make sure that we’re being accurate.”Gloria says Clark County has at least 63,262 ballots left to count, including 34,743 returned in drop boxes on Election Day and 4,208 returned via the U.S. Postal Service. But as mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day continue to trickle in, Gloria said he had no way of knowing the total number of outstanding ballots.He says, “That’s a number that I can’t give you. I can’t predict to you what’s going to come through the U.S. mail.”Gloria says the fact that Nevada’s six electoral votes could push Democrat Joe Biden beyond the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the presidency reaffirmed the need to not rush the count.He said the last day to count ballots is Nov. 12. 1:30 p.m. ThursdayA Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots.Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted. She also said the defendant, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, was the wrong person to sue because she doesn’t control the logistics of local ballot counting, even if she is the state’s chief election officer.The Associated Press called the Michigan presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday evening. Trump won the state in 2016.The lawsuit claimed Benson, a Democrat, was allowing absentee ballots to be counted without teams of bipartisan observers as well as challengers. She was accused of undermining the “constitutional right of all Michigan voters … to participate in fair and lawful elections.”Benson, through state attorneys, denied the allegations. Much of the dispute centered on the TCF Center in Detroit where pro-Trump protesters gathered while absentee ballots were being counted. 12:10 p.m. ThursdayNevada officials have released additional result information on the state website. Biden has an approximately 12,000 vote lead on Trump. It is unclear how much of the vote still needs to be counted.11:45 a.m. ThursdayA judge in Georgia has dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s campaign that asked him to ensure a coastal county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots.Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass did not provide an explanation for his decision Thursday at the close of a roughly one-hour hearing. The county includes the heavily Democratic city of Savannah.The suit had raised concerns about 53 absentee ballots that poll observers said were not part of an original batch of ballots. County elections officials testified that all 53 ballots had been received on time.11:40 a.m. ThursdayMembers of the Trump campaign spoke in Nevada late this morning announcing they were filing a federal lawsuit in the state. They said they are filing this lawsuit to “protect legal voters,” claiming thousands of votes have been counted from people who do not live in Clark County, home to Las Vegas. There are no reports from Nevada election officials of voting irregularities or votes being counted from people who don’t live in the state. State officials plan to give an election update shortly.10:55 a.m. ThursdayArizona state officials say there are 375,000 ballots still to be counted in the Western battleground.The AP says it is monitoring that vote count as it comes in. The AP has called the presidential race in Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden, but several media outlets have said it’s still too close to call.AP executive editor Sally Buzbee says: “The Associated Press continues to watch and analyze vote count results from Arizona. We will follow the facts in all cases.”Biden holds a 2.35 percentage point lead over Trump in Arizona, an advantage of about 68,000 votes.4 a.m. ThursdayThere are still a handful of states that have not released their final results. They are Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia and Arizona. The Associated Press has called Arizona for Biden, though most other news outlets have not.Check back here as we report on major updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

With votes still being counted across the nation, President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to undermine confidence in the nation’s election, making unsupported accusations from the White House about the integrity of the results in his race against Democrat Joe Biden.

Hours earlier, Biden offered reassurances that the counting could be trusted, projecting a more presidential appearance while urging patience from Americans.

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The candidates’ sharply contrasting postures intensified a national moment of uncertainty as the nation and the world waited to learn which man would collect the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency.

A handful of key states are too early to call, including Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia. The Associated Press is not calling the presidential race yet because neither candidate has secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim victory.

See the latest updates below (all times Eastern):

9 a.m. Friday

Joe Biden has taken the lead from President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania by just over 5,500 votes. The state’s 20 Electoral College votes are a crucial path to victory for the campaigns. The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call.

Trump’s lead dwindled after Election Day when state officials began processing mail-in ballots, a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months claiming — without proof — that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.

If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden’s and Trump’s vote totals, state law dictates that a recount must be held.

Editor’s note: The Associated Press has declared a winner in Arizona, however several other outlets have not yet. The race in Arizona is tightening, as more results are released. The AP continues to watch and analyze vote count results from Arizona as they come in, said Sally Buzbee, AP executive editor.

8:30 a.m. Friday

Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.

By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold. Biden now has a 917-vote advantage.

As of this writing, 8,197 ballots still need to be counted in Georgia: 4,800 in Gwinnett County; 444 in Floyd County; 1,797 in Laurens County; and 456 in Taylor County.

The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted — many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.

An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.

There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.

7:55 a.m. Friday

Today at 11 a.m., Arizona plans to release additional results. The AP has called the state for Biden, but continues to keep a close eye on it as Trump has made gains.

Georgia is continuing to release updated vote counts for mail-in ballots throughout the day. The state also plans to start providing results for provisional and military ballots.

3:30 a.m. Friday

While the race continues, the president’s leads in key states, notably Georgia and Pennsylvania, have shrunk. It is still too early to call either of the states, however.

The three other states that still have not been called — Nevada, Arizona and, often forgotten, Alaska — continue counting ballots.

1:30 a.m. Friday

Key battleground states continued counting ballots through Thursday night.

Georgia remained too close to call with the final ballots being counted, though the race is not expected to be called until Friday morning at the earliest. What ballots remained are in counties Biden has performed well in.

North Carolina and Nevada also remained too early to call, with vote counts expected for the next couple of days.

Pennsylvania still has hundred of thousands of outstanding ballots to count. President Trump held onto his lead through the evening, though it had dwindled considerably from his lead on Nov. 3 as mail-in ballots continue being counted.

Mail-in ballots from across the state overwhelmingly broke in Biden’s direction, in part because Trump has spent much of the election cycle warning his own supporters without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent.

There’s also a possibility the race in Pennsylvania won’t be decided for days. If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden and Trump’s vote total, state law dictates that a recount must be held.

10:30 p.m. Thursday

In Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of votes are still left to be counted. As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday, more than 208,000 mail-in votes still needed to be counted there, according to the state’s Votes PA dashboard.

Trump, who held a 675,000-vote lead early Wednesday, prematurely declared victory in the state.

By Thursday evening, the president’s lead had slipped to about 53,000 votes — and the race is expected to get tighter.

One reason is because election officials are not allowed to process mail-in ballots until Election Day under state law. It’s a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favor after Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.

Mail ballots from across the state by Thursday evening overwhelming broke Biden’s direction.

There’s also a possibility the race won’t be decided for days. If there is less than a half percentage point difference between Biden and Trump’s vote total, state law dictates that a recount must be held.

8:50 p.m. Thursday

Why the AP hasn’t called Georgia’s close race

Tens of thousands of still-uncounted ballots — many in counties where Democrat Joe Biden was in the lead — are what’s making the Georgia contest between President Donald Trump and Biden too early to call.

Trump and Biden were locked in a tight contest Thursday to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Georgia is a must-win state for Trump, who has a narrower path to victory than Biden.

Trump prematurely declared he was winning it early Wednesday morning. Yet by Thursday evening his lead over Biden had narrowed to less than 3,500 votes.

THE DETAILS

The secretary of state’s office said Thursday evening that 18,936 absentee ballots still needed to be counted in seven counties.

That did not include provisional ballots and absentee ballots that have to be “cured” before being scanned. Ballots cast before Election Day by military voters and citizens living overseas and received by 5 p.m. Friday also will be tallied.

Additionally, Biden’s vote margins grew after a handful of rural pro-Trump counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor, an analysis by the AP showed.

There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.

8 p.m. Thursday

Democrat Joe Biden says, “No one is going to take our democracy away from us.” His comment came after President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that Democrats were trying to “steal” the presidential election from him.

In a Thursday evening tweet, Biden says, “America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.”

The nation is waiting to learn whether Biden or Trump will collect the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. Biden’s victories in Michigan and Wisconsin have put him in a commanding position, but Trump has showed no sign of giving up.

Speaking earlier Thursday from the White House, Trump did not back up his claim about Democrats with any details or evidence. State and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.

The ballot-counting process across the country has been running smoothly, and the count is ongoing in several battleground states.

7:15 p.m. Thursday

President Donald Trump made his first public appearance since the early morning hours after Election Day and continued to peddle false accusations of “illegal votes” without evidence.

Trump is renewing his unfounded claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election from him. He did not back up his claim with any details or evidence. State and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.

“If you count the legal votes, we won,” Trump said from the White House Briefing Room Thursday. “If you count the illegal vote, they can try to steal the election from us.”

The president, as he did early Wednesday, falsely claimed he had won states where the race has not been called.

He claimed that he’s won Pennsylvania by “a lot” but many mail-in ballots still need to be counted.

While discussing mail-in ballots, Trump, again, falsely claimed mail-in ballots lead to voter fraud. To be clear, there is no evidence of voter fraud when it comes to mail-in ballots.

The president’s repeated falsehoods from the White House came as judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits, undercutting a campaign legal strategy to attack the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean Trump’s defeat.

In this election, the court battles so far have been small-scale efforts to get a closer look at local elections officials as they process absentee ballots. A Michigan judge noted that the state’s ballot count is over as she tossed the campaign’s lawsuit.

In Georgia, a state judge dismissed a case over concerns about 53 absentee ballots in Chatham County after elections officials in the Savannah-area county testified that all of those ballots had been received on time. Campaign officials said earlier they were considering similar challenges in a dozen other counties around the state.

In Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the Trump campaign won an appellate ruling to get party and campaign observers closer to election workers who are processing mail-in ballots in Philadelphia.

But the order did not affect the counting of ballots that is proceeding in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, as elections officials are dealing with an avalanche of mail ballots driven by fears of voting in person during a pandemic.

The lawsuits in multiple states highlight that the Trump campaign could be confronting a political map in which it might have to persuade courts in two or more states to set aside enough votes to overturn the results. That’s a substantially different scenario than in the contested presidential election of 2000, which eventually was effectively settled by the Supreme Court, when the entire fight was over Florida’s electoral votes and involved a recount as opposed to trying to halt balloting.

Trump last appeared in public early Wednesday, when he falsely declared victory over Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race. Trump has also publicly called for vote counting to stop by citing baseless allegations of fraud and misconduct.

The presidential race has not been called because neither Trump nor Biden has yet collected the requisite 270 Electoral College votes.

6 p.m. Thursday

A legal effort in Nevada by President Donald Trump’s campaign and state Republicans to try to stop the count of mail ballots in Las Vegas is over.

A document submitted in an appeal pending before the state Supreme Court says the campaign, state GOP, Democrats and attorneys for the state have reached a settlement requiring Clark County election officials to supply “additional observation access” at a ballot processing facility in Las Vegas.

The state high court declined on Election Day to stop the count based on an appeal of a state judge’s decision not to stop processing mail ballots in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County — a Democratic stronghold in an otherwise red GOP state.

In an order released Monday, Judge James Wilson Jr. in Carson City said he found neither the state nor Clark County had done anything to give one vote preference over another.

Nevada Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to suppress voting in the state’s most diverse area.

Trump campaign representatives said Thursday that they intended to file another complaint in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to try to stop the counting of what state campaign co-chair Adam Laxalt called “improper votes.” That lawsuit was not immediately filed.

5:50 p.m. Thursday

The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee have asked an Arizona judge to let them join a lawsuit that alleges vote tabulation equipment in metro Phoenix was unable to record a voter’s ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen.

They argued that anecdotal accounts of potential tabulation errors resulting from Sharpies demands further review and that they should be allowed to participate in the lawsuit because it will likely affect their interests in the tabulation of votes.

The lawsuit seeks a court order for all Maricopa County voters whose ballots were rejected as a result of using a Sharpie to be given a chance to fix their ballots. It also asks for such voters to be able to be present while election officials count their ballots.

The Arizona Democratic Party earlier asked to join the lawsuit, arguing that Democratic voters could be disenfranchised if the woman who filed the lawsuit was able to challenge a voter’s intent in making ballot choices without knowing the applicable standards.

A judge is holding a hearing Thursday in Phoenix in the lawsuit by Phoenix-area voter Laurie Aguilera, who also alleged ink from the marker bled through the back side of her ballot and that poll workers refused her request for a new ballot.

4:30 p.m. Thursday

Biden says he feels “very good” about the outcome of the presidential election and is telling his supporters to “stay calm” as votes continue to be counted.

Biden delivered brief remarks Thursday at a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. He says, “It is the will of the voters — no one, not anyone else — who chooses the president of the United States of America.”

Trump’s campaign has pursued legal efforts to halt the vote counting in some states and is seeking a recount in Wisconsin.

Biden says that “the process is working” and “we’ll know very soon” the outcome of the election. Biden and his top campaign officials have expressed confidence about the vote but have been careful to emphasize the need for every ballot to be counted.

Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, stood next to him as he spoke.

The Associated Press has not called the presidential race yet because neither Biden nor Trump has secured the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. Several key states remain too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

3:35 p.m. Thursday

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to perform twice daily sweeps of processing centers in states with extended ballot receipt deadlines to check for mail-in votes and to expedite them for delivery.

Thursday’s order will remain in place until the end of states’ windows for accepting ballots.

According to court records, a similar order by the same judge earlier this week found just 13 ballots in a search of 27 processing hubs in several battleground areas.

Elections officials in key battleground states are continuing presidential vote counting. Democrat Joe Biden is urging patience, while President Donald Trump is pursing his legal options.

Several key states are too early to call — Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Nevada.

2:15 p.m. Thursday

The Arizona Democratic Party has asked a court to let it participate in a lawsuit that alleges vote tabulation equipment in metro Phoenix was unable to record a voter’s ballot because she completed it with a county-issued Sharpie pen.

A judge is holding a hearing Thursday in Phoenix in the lawsuit by voter Laurie Aguilera, who also alleged that ink from the marker bled through the back side of her ballot and that poll workers refused her request for a new ballot.

Aguilera is seeking a court order for all Maricopa County voters whose ballots were rejected as a result of using a Sharpie to be given a chance to fix their ballots. She also is asking for such voters to be able to be present while election officials count their ballots.

The Democrats say the lawsuit is based on the unconfirmed account of one voter and her request to monitor ballot processing could throw the processing of ballots in Arizona’s largest county in disarray.

In a court filing, the party says Democratic voters could be disenfranchised if Aguilera and others were able to challenge a voter’s intent in making ballot choices without knowing the applicable standards.

Arizona election officials have said voting with a Sharpie would have no impact on the votes being recorded by a tabulation machine.

1:55 p.m. Thursday

As the nation awaits results from Nevada, Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria says it could take until Saturday or Sunday before the state’s largest county finishes tallying mail-in ballots that have been returned.

Gloria said Thursday at a press conference: “Our goal here in Clark County is not to count fast. We want to make sure that we’re being accurate.”

Gloria says Clark County has at least 63,262 ballots left to count, including 34,743 returned in drop boxes on Election Day and 4,208 returned via the U.S. Postal Service. But as mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day continue to trickle in, Gloria said he had no way of knowing the total number of outstanding ballots.

He says, “That’s a number that I can’t give you. I can’t predict to you what’s going to come through the U.S. mail.”

Gloria says the fact that Nevada’s six electoral votes could push Democrat Joe Biden beyond the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the presidency reaffirmed the need to not rush the count.

He said the last day to count ballots is Nov. 12.

1:30 p.m. Thursday

A Michigan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign in a dispute over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots.

Judge Cynthia Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted. She also said the defendant, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, was the wrong person to sue because she doesn’t control the logistics of local ballot counting, even if she is the state’s chief election officer.

The Associated Press called the Michigan presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday evening. Trump won the state in 2016.

The lawsuit claimed Benson, a Democrat, was allowing absentee ballots to be counted without teams of bipartisan observers as well as challengers. She was accused of undermining the “constitutional right of all Michigan voters … to participate in fair and lawful elections.”

Benson, through state attorneys, denied the allegations. Much of the dispute centered on the TCF Center in Detroit where pro-Trump protesters gathered while absentee ballots were being counted.

12:10 p.m. Thursday

Nevada officials have released additional result information on the state website. Biden has an approximately 12,000 vote lead on Trump. It is unclear how much of the vote still needs to be counted.

11:45 a.m. Thursday

A judge in Georgia has dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s campaign that asked him to ensure a coastal county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass did not provide an explanation for his decision Thursday at the close of a roughly one-hour hearing. The county includes the heavily Democratic city of Savannah.

The suit had raised concerns about 53 absentee ballots that poll observers said were not part of an original batch of ballots. County elections officials testified that all 53 ballots had been received on time.

11:40 a.m. Thursday

Members of the Trump campaign spoke in Nevada late this morning announcing they were filing a federal lawsuit in the state. They said they are filing this lawsuit to “protect legal voters,” claiming thousands of votes have been counted from people who do not live in Clark County, home to Las Vegas.

There are no reports from Nevada election officials of voting irregularities or votes being counted from people who don’t live in the state. State officials plan to give an election update shortly.

10:55 a.m. Thursday

Arizona state officials say there are 375,000 ballots still to be counted in the Western battleground.

The AP says it is monitoring that vote count as it comes in. The AP has called the presidential race in Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden, but several media outlets have said it’s still too close to call.

AP executive editor Sally Buzbee says: “The Associated Press continues to watch and analyze vote count results from Arizona. We will follow the facts in all cases.”

Biden holds a 2.35 percentage point lead over Trump in Arizona, an advantage of about 68,000 votes.

4 a.m. Thursday

There are still a handful of states that have not released their final results. They are Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia and Arizona. The Associated Press has called Arizona for Biden, though most other news outlets have not.

Check back here as we report on major updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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