It has been almost two weeks since Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States, but President Donald Trump is yet to concede defeat.
While Mr Biden is the clear winner, vote counting is still underway, and the multiple legal challenges launched by the Trump campaign are further slowing the final tally.
Among a flurry of tweets on Wednesday including claims of “massive improprieties and fraud”, “dead people voting” and voting machine “glitches”, Mr Trump fired Chris Krebs, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.
Friday will mark the deadline for state certification and the scramble is on to recount votes in several states where Mr Trump has alleged election fraud.
Here’s all the latest on the states where results have been disputed.
In Georgia a hand recount of about 5 million votes is expected to be completed by midnight on Wednesday (local time). That is 4.00pm AEDT on Thursday.
Before the recount, Mr Biden led Mr Trump by a margin of about 14,000 votes.
“We’re finishing up, waiting for a few more counties to get back to us — some of the large counties — but I don’t believe at the end of the day it’ll change the total results,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told CNN.
However, previously uncounted ballots were discovered on memory cards that had not been uploaded in four counties — Douglas, Fayette, Floyd and Walton.
The uncounted ballots — the majority of which are believed to have been cast for Mr Trump — will reduce Mr Biden’s lead to about 12,800, according to Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state’s new voting system.
In addition to other complaints, Mr Trump and other critics incorrectly claimed that Georgia election officials were unable to verify signatures on absentee ballot envelopes.
County election office workers are required to ensure the signature on the envelopes matches the one on the absentee ballot application and the one in the voter registration system, Mr Raffensperger said.
Mr Raffensperger’s office said in a Wednesday news release that the rate of absentee ballot rejections in the general election was 0.15 per cent, which matched the rate in the 2018 general election.
On Wednesday, Mr Trump filed for a recount of Wisconsin’s two largest Democratic counties, claiming absentee ballots were illegally altered or issued and that government officials violated state law.
The recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties will begin Friday and must be done by December 1.
Mr Biden received 577,455 votes in those two counties compared with 213,157 for Mr Trump.
According to unofficial results, he leads President Trump by 20,470 votes state-wide, or 0.62 per cent.
The Trump campaign had originally sought a recount of the entire state, but that would have cost around $US7.9 million ($10.8 million).
Instead, Mr Trump paid $US3 million ($4.1 million) for the two counties.
The Wisconsin recount will be done as the state continues to ride a surge of coronavirus cases, breaking records this week for deaths, new positives and hospitalisations.
Recount organizers were planning to do the work in large convention centres so workers and observers could be properly distanced.
Mr Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, appeared in federal court in a bid to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying its election results.
Mr Giuliani made unsupported allegations of a nationwide conspiracy by Democrats to steal the election.
The judge did not immediately issue a ruling and cancelled a hearing that was set for Thursday but set out a schedule for both sides to make new filings this week.
The Trump campaign’s legal action was based on a complaint that Philadelphia and six Democratic-controlled counties in Pennsylvania let voters make corrections to mail-in ballots that were otherwise going to be disqualified for a technicality, such as lacking a secrecy envelope or a signature.
The total number of affected ballots was not expected to come anywhere close to Mr Biden’s margin of more than 80,000 votes.
Mr Trump’s campaign is trying to block the certification of election results in Michigan, alleging their observers were prevented from properly watching the vote count, ineligible ballots were counted and that Republican challenges to ballots were ignored.
Another lawsuit filed this week asked a court to halt the certification of election results until an independent audit is completed to “ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election”.
There have been no decisions in either case, but judges rejected several other Republican efforts to block certification in Wayne County, which unanimously certified its election results on Tuesday.
Mr Biden beat Mr Trump by more than a 2-1 margin, winning by 146,000 votes in Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit, according to unofficial results.
The Arizona Republican Party is trying to block the certification of the election results in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa, until the court rules on the party’s lawsuit asking for a new hand count of a sampling of ballots.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday.
An audit already completed by the county found no discrepancies, officials said.
Earlier this month, Mr Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee also sought to delay the certification of election results in Maricopa County, but the case was dismissed by a judge on November 13.
In Nevada, Mr Trump’s campaign is asking a judge to nullify their election results or set them aside and declare him the winner, arguing that illegal or improper votes were cast and the use of optical scanning to process signatures on mail-in ballots violated state law.
The Trump lawsuit, filed Tuesday, rehashes arguments that judges in Nevada and elsewhere have already rejected.
It claims that votes were cast on behalf of dead people, that election observers weren’t allowed to witness “key points” of processing and that people on American Indian territories were illegally given incentives to vote.
In a separate court filing this week, a voting watchdog group led by a conservative former state senator asked for a state-wide block on the certification of results.
Disputes could play out for weeks
States have until December 8 to settle any ongoing disputes about the election result.
Once that deadline has passed, each state’s electors have a further six days to vote by paper ballot before Congress meets to count those electoral votes on January 6.
Once a candidate has received 270 or more electoral votes, the President of the Senate will officially announce the results.
The winning candidate will then be officially sworn in as president on Inauguration Day — January 20.