US Elections 2020: 'Will recount votes': Georgia secretary of state as Joe Biden inches closer to victory | Highlights
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The results of the US Presidential Elections 2020 are still awaited as the Democrat nominee Joe Biden has come more closer to being elected as the new President of the United States. The final outcome now depends on a few states where thousands of mail-in ballots triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic are still being counted. The incumbent president, Donald Trump has again accused the Democrats of stealing the elections with illegal votes and said he has won the elections if the authorities count the legal votes. On the other hand, his Democrat rival Joe Biden has appealed to count every single vote. “The people will not be silenced, be bullied, or surrender. Every vote must be counted,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden continues with his slow but steady march towards the White House. With 264 projected electoral college votes, the former vice president needs just six more to win the race to the White House.
Here are the highlights from November 6:
9:45 pm: Just In: Top Democrat Pelosi has called Joe Biden "president-elect", reports AFP.
9:32 pm: Meanwhile, Donald Trump in a tweet has said that "Philadelpiha has got a rotten history on election integrity".
9:30 pm: Just In: Georgia's secretary of state Brad Raffensperger has confirmed that "there will be a vote recount in the state", reports SkyNews.
9:00 pm: Police in Philadelphia said they are investigating an alleged plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where votes from the election are being counted, reports Reuters
8:30 pm: With Biden taking a lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia, the Donald Trump camp has said that the election "is not over". "The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final," the Trump camp said in an email to its supporters.
7:32 pm: Joe Biden has also taken a lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. If Biden is able to manage his lead in here, Trump's chances of reelection will reduce significantly.
5:46 pm: Earlier in the day, Trump accused Democrats of wrestling control of House and said, "so now the Democrats are working to gain control of the U.S. Senate through their actions on John James, David Perdue, and more. Would End the Filibuster, “Life”, 2A, and would Pack and Rotate the Court. Presidency becomes even more important. We will win!"
3:00 pm: Democrat candidate Joe Biden has taken a lead in Georgia which has 16 electoral votes. According to the latest projection by AP, Joe Biden is leading with 49.39 percentage points to Trump's 49.37 percentage points.
1:30 pm: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg hit back at Donald Trump on Twitter late on Thursday saying the U.S. president should "chill" about the election, a repost to his tweet last year mocking the teenager over what he called her anger management issues.
1:00 pm: Election officials in key battleground states pushed back on claims by the Trump campaign that Republican poll watchers were being improperly denied access to observe the counting of ballots, saying that rules were being followed and they were committed to transparency, reports AP.
12:30 pm: Donald Trump's lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania has reduced considerably as Joe Biden moves closer to win the US Presidential Elections 2020.
12:00 pm: US President Donald Trump has claimed that he would easily win the election if only the "legal votes" are counted in the closely-fought presidential polls. Trump indicated that the election results would finally end up on the doors of the Supreme Court as he plans to file a large number of litigations against alleged electoral malpractices.
11:30 am: Facebook on Friday said it will update the notifications running across the top of its main app and Instagram with the projected winner of the election once it has been projected by a majority of media outlets, the social network also will label presidential candidates' posts with a link to its voting information centre.
11:00 am: With his re-election chances fading as more votes are counted in a handful of battleground states, U.S. President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary assault on the country's democratic process from the White House on Thursday, falsely claiming the election was being "stolen" from him.
10:45 am: The 2020 US presidential election has recorded the highest voter turnout in 120 years, a prominent electoral expert has said. According to preliminary estimates of the US Election project, a nonpartisan site that tracks voting, an estimated 239 million people were eligible to vote this year, of which nearly 160 million exercised their right to franchise. The figure is likely to be updated in the coming weeks. The November 3 election saw a record voter turnout of 66.9 per cent, which is the highest turnout rate since 1900.
10:15 am: President Donald Trump's campaign lost court rulings in the closely contested states of Georgia and Michigan on Thursday, even as it vowed to bring a new lawsuit challenging what it called voting irregularities in Nevada. In the Georgia case, the campaign alleged that 53 late-arriving ballots were mixed with on-time ballots. In Michigan, it had sought to stop votes from being counted and obtain greater access to the tabulation process. State judges tossed out both lawsuits on Thursday.
10:00 am: All residual 4,200 uncounted mail-in votes and provisional ballots cast in Clayton County in Georgia will in most likelihood be released by midnight, the director of the county's board of elections, Shauna Dozier, told CNN tonight.
9:45 am: In Georgia, which has 16 electoral college votes, Trump's lead has reduced to 1,902 votes. In Pennsylvania, having 20 electoral college votes, Trump's lead dropped down to 42,142 votes. With 214 electoral college votes, Trump is far away from the magical figure of 270.
9:15 am: Joe Biden increases his chances of winning the US Presidential Elections as the latest count of votes from a handful of battleground states indicated that the re-election chances of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump are getting slim by the hour.
8:45 am: Donald Trump on Thursday (local time) claimed that as per the legal vote count, he easily wins the elections. The incumbent President also accused the Democrats of stealing the elections by unfair means.
8:30 am: US courts have dismissed Trump campaign's lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia related to alleged electoral malpractice.
8:20 am: US President Donald Trump's election campaign on Thursday filed a new lawsuit against Philadelphia elections officials for allegedly violating their due process rights by blocking the observation of ballots in the city.
8:10 am: US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has managed to hold a 50-point lead over President Donald Trump, as key states continue to count ballots in the presidential polls on Tuesday. As per the tally by AP, Biden has garnered 264 electoral votes, while Trump has managed to secure 214 electoral votes
8:00 am: A record number of women are slated to serve in the next Congress, as enough female candidates have secured victories this week. As per the figures by Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), which tracks women's political participation in the US, at least 131 women, made up of 100 Democrats and 31 Republicans, will serve in the 117th Congress.
Posted By: Talib Khan