President Donald Trump files lawsuits in battleground states for a recount amid claims of voter fraud as projected President elect Joe Biden works with his transition team to take office in January 2021.
The winner of the presidential election is decided by the electoral vote, and whoever reaches the 270 minimum count wins the presidency. So far, Biden is projected to win the presidency, with an electoral vote of 290 over Trump’s 214 points. Poll workers are racing to finish counting as the last of the mail-in ballots postmarked by election day are arriving.
Late into Election Night, the swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania were projected as a light red color, meaning the incumbent was winning in those states during that time frame. Then, overnight, as the count continued, the states shifted to a blue hue. Reports showed an over night jump of over 138,000 mail-in ballots directly, which all went to Biden’s favor. This led to rumors of questions surrounding the integrity of the vote counting process. This situation has since been resolved as a temporary glitch, which brought both candidate’s numbers down, not solely one or the other’s.
Then, temporary counting glitches and poll observer’s remarks on not being allowed inside voting areas despite legal approval led the Trump campaign to file lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania and to ask for a recount in Wisconsin. According to federal law, each state will have until December 8 to resolve any voting issues. Trump remarked on the election stating, “And we can’t let that happen to the United States of America. It’s not a question of who wins — Republican, Democrat; Joe, myself. We can’t let that happen to our country. We can’t be disgraced by having something like this happen… It’ll probably go through a process — a legal process…There’s been a lot of shenanigans, and we can’t stand for that in our country.”
Despite the continuance of the vote count, Biden and Vice Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, gave victory speeches last night. “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify, who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States,” Biden stated. December 14 is the deadline to announce the official presidential winner.