Donald Trump supporters – some armed with rifles and pistols – have descended on election counting centres where mail-in tallies continue to be tallied up.
In the state of Arizona, a mostly unmasked crowd chanted “stop the steal” following unsubstantiated claims that elect the Republican president were intentionally not being counted.
A reported 300 protesters – a few of whom were armed – rallied in front of the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix on Wednesday night as Democratic governmental prospect Joe Biden held a razor-thin lead in the critical battleground state.
There are presently six states still to state a winner – Arizona among them – with the president’s path to power now appearing somewhat tighter.
Chris Michael, 40, from Gilbert, Arizona, said he pertained to the election centre to make certain all votes were counted.
The 40- year-old stated he desired guarantees that the counting was done “morally and legally”.
Observers from both parties were inside the election centre as ballots were being counted, with it being livestreamed online throughout.
Clint Hickman, the Republican politician chairman of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Democratic supervisor Steve Gallardo said: “Everyone needs to want all the votes to be counted, whether they were mailed or cast in individual.
” A precise vote takes time.
Trump supporters also appeared at counts in neighbouring Nevada. According to local media reports, about 75 people showed up in Vegas waving Trump flags and shouted “stop the take”.
Elsewhere, in Michigan, lots of Trump-supporting “stop the count” protesters rallied outside another election counting centre in Detroit.
Demonstrators vented their anger before Mr Biden was lastly stated as winning the state.
Video from the count centre showed frustrated crowds outside the vote centre and inside its lobby screaming “let us in”, with authorities lining up to keep them from storming the counting location.
In New York City, numerous counter-protesters in Manhattan called for every vote to be counted. It was mainly serene, but 20 arrests were made after a smaller sized group started protesting authorities misbehavior.
Comparable protests occurred in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego.
The presentations come as the Trump project said it submitted claims in Pennsylvania and Michigan to require much better access to areas where tallies were being processed and counted.
It likewise called for a short-lived halt in the counting of votes in both states and asked for a recount in Wisconsin, where Mr Biden has actually already won.