The US held its presidential election on November 3rd, but no winner was declared on the election day due to large amounts of mail-in ballots amid the pandemic. As of this writing on November 6th, Democrat Joe Biden is at 264 electoral votes and President Donald Trump is at 214. Biden is closing in on Trump in Pennsylvania and Georgia, two states that Trump cannot afford to lose if he is to keep alive his hopes of a second term. Judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits on November 5th, undercutting a campaign legal strategy to attack the integrity of the voting process. The rulings came as Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Trump and his campaign promised even more legal action based on unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
Election officials in several states said they are worried about the safety of their staffs amid threats and angry protesters gathering outside their doors, drawn by President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread fraud. Groups of Trump supporters have gathered at vote counting sites in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, decrying counts that showed Democrat Joe Biden leading or gaining ground. Police in Portland declared riots and arrested more than 10 protesters.