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November 5

(AP)– 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.

8:05 p.m. update:

(AP)– Election officials in key battleground states are pushing back on claims by the Trump campaign that Republican poll watchers were being improperly denied access to observe the counting of ballots. They say rules are being followed and they are committed to transparency. Partisan poll watchers are designated by a political party or campaign and tasked this year with monitoring a record number of mail ballots. They are also a central element of legal battles that have erupted in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada. Monitoring polling places and election offices is allowed in most states, but rules vary and there are limits to avoid harassment or intimidation.

7:10 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied a bid by President Donald Trump’s campaign to stop the vote count in Philadelphia over observer access, urging the two sides to instead forge an agreement.

U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond suggested each party be allowed 60 observers inside a hall at a downtown convention center where the final ballots are being tallied. As the hearing unfolded Thursday evening, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were locked in a tight battle for the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania.

Diamond, an appointee of President George W. Bush, chastened the lawyers as both sides bickered about who was following the rules and reminded them they are officers of the court.

“Really, can’t we be responsible adults here and reach an agreement?” the exasperated judge asked. “The whole thing could (soon) be moot.”

Republicans went to court Thursday afternoon to complain that election officials in the Democratic-led city were ignoring a state court order they’d won earlier in the day to give them a closer view of ballot processing.

6 p.m. update:

(WJW) — Protesters are taking to the streets of Philadelphia as the state of Pennsylvania continues counting ballots for the presidential election. Many of them are holding signs that say “count every vote.” Some of the groups are also marching to raise awareness about police brutality and to show their support for Black Lives Matter.

5:30 p.m. update:

(WJW)– Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said they have been in touch with all the state’s counties. She said military and overseas ballots continue to come in, provisional ballots will also need to be counted.

“The final results are not certified until 20 days after the election so I want to be clear, there’s no final results happening now anyway,” Boockvar said. “What’s happening now is having enough ballots counted to actually see who the winner is. The farther apart that is, the easier it is to tell. It’s very close in Pennsylvania. There’s no question.”

She said there are several hundred thousand ballots remaining.

4:30 p.m. update:

(WJW)– Joe Biden spoke in Delaware about the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing ballot count.

“In America, the vote is sacred,” the former Vice President said. “It is the will of the voters, no one, not anyone else, that choses the president of the United States of America.”

4:20 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 pursuing his legal options.

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

4:10 p.m. update:

(WJW)– During a Trump camp news conference in Phoenix, Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward criticized Fox News for calling the state for Joe Biden. She called it “inappropriate” and “fake news.”

“It is trending in the direction of President Donald J. Trump,” Ward said.

3 p.m. update:

(Nexstar) — Georgia’s secretary of state says there are 47,863 ballots still outstanding; that’s as of Thursday afternoon.

2:30 p.m. update:

(WJW) — Joe Biden tweets, “Be patient, folks. Votes are being counted, and we feel good about where we are.

1:45 p.m. update:

(NEXSTAR) — While it’s not yet clear when Nevada vote count totals will be high enough to award the state’s six electoral votes to President Trump or Joe Biden, it’s possible that could happen as early as Thursday.

However, the state’s largest county still has some 65,000 votes to count.

Election officials in Clark County, roughly 75% of the state’s population, said they expect to report 50,000 additional votes on Friday morning. After that, Clark County election officials say they have roughly 13,000 ballots left to count.

It’s possible more votes could be received in the days to follow. The last day votes can be reported to the state is November 12.

Earlier in the day, the state released some new results, some of which were from Clark County, that show Biden holding a slim lead of 11,500 votes with 88% of the estimated vote reported.

1:35 p.m. update:

(AP) — 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.

12:50 p.m. update:

(WJW) — President Trump released the following statement: “IF YOU COUNT THE LEGAL VOTES, I EASILY WIN THE ELECTION! IF YOU COUNT THE ILLEGAL AND LATE VOTES, THEY CAN STEAL THE ELECTION FROM US!”

12:15 p.m.

(WJW) – The elections presser in Nevada has been pushed back to around 1 p.m. ET.

12:05 p.m.

(AP) – The Associated Press reports a judge in Georgia has dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that asked to ensure state laws were followed on absentee ballots.

11:45 a.m. update

(WJW) – Elections officials in Nevada are holding a 12 p.m. briefing to update where things stand with their votes. Joe Biden leads by just over 7,600 votes.

So far, the state has counted all early in-person votes, all Election Day in-person votes.

They still need to count mail-in ballots received on Election Day, ballots that will be received over the next week, and provisional ballots.

The Trump campaign held an event in Las Vegas where they claimed fraud in Nevada but did not provide evidence.

11:30 a.m.

(WJW) – Biden’s team says Trump’s legal briefings “have no basis.”

Campaign adviser Bob Bauer says the briefings are ideas that have already been litigated, like where they might be permitted to stand and observe. Bauer says many of the things in the filings are things that elections officials already do.

“This is doomed to fail,” he said.

The campaign says they feel confident in Nevada, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.

They believe Georgia is a toss-up.

10:50 a.m.

(WJW) – Georgia elections officials are providing detail about why their votes are secure.

They say absentee drop boxes were locked at 7 p.m. Tuesday and that all the drop boxes are monitored by surveillance camera.

They say the public is welcome to observe counting in any county.

According to elections leaders, they had always expected to be counting into Thursday.

10:40 a.m.

(WJW) – Georgia’s Secretary of State says 61,367 ballots have still not been counted.

Brad Raffensperger says they’re focused on getting it right.

President Donald Trump is ahead with just over 18,000 votes with 99% counted.

10:30 a.m.

(WJW) – Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is holding an election briefing at the state capitol in Atlanta around 10:30 a.m. They were expecting to finish counting ballots this morning.

10:30 a.m.

(WJW) – Pam Bondi says an appellate court has granted a team from the Trump campaign closer access to the vote-counting process at a press conference in Pennsylvania.

10:15 a.m.

(WJW) – Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is holding a press conference in Pennsylvania on behalf of the Trump campaign this morning.

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

She spoke yesterday about legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania.

10 a.m.

(WJW) – President Trump tweeted “Stop the count” this morning.

The campaign has filed legal documents for counting to be stopped in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

9:30 a.m.

(WJW) – President Trump’s campaign says it will make a “major announcement” today in Las Vegas.

Nevada remains undeclared in the presidential race and the campaign has yet to file any legal challenges there.

The event is scheduled for 11:30 ET.

More info here.

8:45 a.m.

(WJW) – An update is planned from Fulton County, Georgia this morning as the final votes are being counted.

They continue to open and scan ballots this morning and hope to finish by 10 a.m.

A news conference is planned for 10:30 a.m. by Georgia’s Secretary of State.

In Nevada, we’re expecting an update around noon from Clark County, which has the largest share of the state‘s votes.

FOX 8 will stream those news conferences live

Joe Biden tweeted a video this morning, saying simply, “Count every vote.”

8:30 a.m.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke to FOX 8 sister station WCMH about the presidential election.

Here’s what he said.

“The votes are still getting counted. They’re going to continue to get counted. We all just need to sit back, watch it, it’s going to happen, and if there’s some irregularity then each side has the opportunity to go into a court, go into a courthouse, file an action, the courts will decide it if that’s what has to happen. We have a process in place. It works.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

6:30 a.m.

AP results so far in states that have not been called in the presidential election.

  • Nevada – Biden leads with more than 7600 votes with 75% reporting (76,000 votes remain uncounted)
  • Georgia – Trump leads with more than 22,500 votes with 98% reporting (100,000 votes remain uncounted)
  • Pennsylvania – Trump leads with more than 164,000 votes with 89% reporting (350,000 votes remain uncounted)
  • North Carolina – Trump leads with more than 76,000 votes with 94% reporting (116,000 votes remain uncounted)

6 a.m. headlines

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW/AP) – The electoral vote remains unchanged from Wednesday night into Thursday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden needs one state to fall to his side to reach 270 and become the President-elect and the 46th President of the United States.

The Associated Press has the electoral vote at Biden’s 264 to President Trump’s 214.

Ballots that remain uncounted in Nevada (6), Georgia (16), Pennsylvania (20) and North Carolina (15) will determine the outcome of the presidential election.

Alaska (3) is also still counting.

Yesterday as his path to 270 narrowed, President Donald Trump’s campaign put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks: attacking the integrity of the voting process.

The president’s campaign filed legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, claiming the campaign doesn’t have enough access to ballot processing and counting and also questioning the validity of absentee ballots.

The Trump campaign also is seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted.

In addition, Trump’s campaign also announced that it would ask for a recount in Wisconsin, where the president lost by more than 20,000 votes.

The lawsuits the Trump campaign filed in Michigan and Pennsylvania also call for a temporary halt in counting until it is given “meaningful” access in numerous locations and allowed to review ballots that already have been opened and processed.

Trump supporters swarmed counting sites in Arizona, which has been called for Biden, Philadelphia, and Detroit, with chants to “stop the count.”

“Everyone should want all the votes to be counted, whether they were mailed or cast in person,” said the statement signed by Clint Hickman, the GOP chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Democratic Supervisor Steve Gallardo. “An accurate vote takes time. … This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”

“This is evidence of democracy, not fraud.”

Clint hickman, gop chair of maricopa county board of supervisors and democratic supervisor steve gallardo

The Georgia lawsuit filed in Chatham County asks a judge to ensure the state laws are being followed on absentee ballots.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperge noted security measures in place to uphold the integrity of the vote.

While President Trump has not made any public appearances since early Wednesday, he’s continued to tweet information flagged as false on Twitter.

He has no public events scheduled Thursday.

Vice President Biden held a press conference Wednesday afternoon, saying that the math was there to make him the next President of the United States.

“Once this election is finalized and behind us, it will be time to do what we have always done as Americans, to put the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind us … to unite, to heal, to come together as a nation,” Biden said. “I know this won’t be easy. I’m not naïve, neither of us are. I know how deep and hard the opposing views are in our county on so many things, but I also know this as well, to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.”

“No one is going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever.”

vice president joe biden

“Now, every vote must be counted,” Biden said. “No one is going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever.”

Thousands of protesters demanding a complete vote count took to streets in Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and San Diego.

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