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Biden says he’s already preparing for the White House


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The most recent events about the United States presidential race (local times):

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23:05

Joe Biden says he is already preparing to assume the presidency, although he has not yet been declared the winner in his contest against President Donald Trump.

“I want people to know that we are not waiting to get the job done,” he told the nation on Friday.

Biden said he and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have attended briefings on the coronavirus and the economy this week, as the United States records record numbers of daily cases.

He noted that nearly 240,000 people have died from the pandemic and that he wants those families to know that they are not alone.

He also addressed the millions of Americans who are still out of work and have trouble paying rent or buying food.

“We have no more time to waste in a partisan war,” he said.

The Associated Press has yet to declare a winner in the presidential election because neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to reach the White House.

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20:50

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday projected confidence that he will win the election, noting that he has the upper hand in key states like Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press has yet to declare a winner in the race between Biden and President Donald Trump because neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to reach the White House.

Biden noted that he has already won the most votes for any presidential candidate in the country’s history.

He said a record number of Americans “chose change over more of the same.”

He told the nation that political parties can be opponents, but they are not enemies.

“Let’s leave behind the anger and demonization,” he said.

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Democrat Joe Biden extends his lead over President Donald Trump in the disputed state of Pennsylvania.

By Friday afternoon, the Democrat had an advantage of more than 19,500 votes of the more than 6.5 million ballots presented. That represents a margin of about 0.29%. State law indicates that a recount must be conducted if the margin between the two candidates is less than 0.5%.

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the entity.

The Pennsylvania secretary of state’s website noted Friday that more than 102,541 votes had yet to be counted by mail, many of them in Allegheny County, a Democratic area in which Pittsburgh is located, and in the county’s Democratic stronghold. of Philadelphia.

In addition, there are possibly tens of thousands of provisional ballots that have not yet been counted, although the exact number is not yet known. Those votes will be counted once the authorities verify if they are eligible to be included.

Pennsylvania is one of the states where there is only a slight margin that separates Biden and Trump in their fight for the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.

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20:00

United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has ordered Pennsylvania county election officials to keep separate vote-by-mail ballots that arrived after Election Day. The state’s top electoral official had already ordered those ballots to be kept separate.

The order came Friday night in response to a request from the state Republican Party, as Democratic candidate Joe Biden led Donald Trump in Pennsylvania in the presidential race.

Alito, acting on his own, said he made the decision in part because of Republicans’ assertion that they cannot be sure that election officials are following guidance issued by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat. .

The judge handles Pennsylvania emergency appeals. It ordered a response from the state by Saturday afternoon and said it has referred the matter to the full court.

The order relates to an ongoing Republican appeal to the Supreme Court to try to prevent ballots received in the mail from being counted after Election Day. The state’s highest court granted a three-day extension, and the Supreme Court refused to block it.

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the state.

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18:40

Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump has grown slightly to 22,657 votes in the key state of Nevada.

Friday afternoon’s result was due to ballots mailed from the Democratic-dominant Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas and three-quarters of Nevada’s population.

The former vice president accumulates 632,558 votes, to Trump’s 609,901. Scrutiny continues in Nevada and other contested states.

The new batch of results corresponded to 63,000 ballots received in the mail that, according to Clark County Clerk Joe Gloria, poll workers had begun processing. He added that he expected the bulk to be processed by Sunday.

Gloria also has 60,000 additional provisional ballots that will be processed later.

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15:20

Pennsylvania Republicans have gone to the federal Supreme Court to ask for an order for ballots that arrive in the mail after Election Day in the state to be segregated. The state’s top electoral official had already ordered those ballots to be kept separate.

Friday’s emergency petition came as Democratic candidate Joe Biden was passing President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.

The petition is part of a Republican petition to the Supreme Court to try to prevent ballots received in the mail from being counted after Election Day. The state’s highest court granted a three-day extension, and the Supreme Court refused to block it.

But Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, told local officials to keep the ballots separate because the high court has not finally decided whether to intervene.

Republicans did not present any proof that the counties are not following Boockvar’s orders, but said that “it is not clear if all the county boards are following them in the post-election chaos.”

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the state.

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15:10

The federal agency that oversees the security of the United States elections has refuted the allegations of voter fraud, not to mention that President Donald Trump is making unsubstantiated claims about the vote count.

A new statement from the Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Agency (CISA for its acronym in English) notes that local electoral offices have detection measures that “make it extremely difficult to commit fraud through false votes.”

The CISA, part of the Department of Homeland Security, published the statement on Friday in a section of its website dedicated to dispelling the rumors. He said he was countering a rumor about the role of DHS and CISA in printing the ballots and auditing the results. Neither agency has a role in the printing or auditing of the ballots. CISA primarily helps state and local election departments protect themselves from cyberattacks.

The CISA also issued a statement stating that the systems and processes used to tabulate the votes and certify the results “are protected by various safeguards that help ensure the accuracy of the electoral results.”

The agency has been urging the public for weeks to be patient during the counting of the results, which was slower this year in part due to COVID-19 and the large number of votes by mail. He has not commented on Trump’s unsupported allegations that the vote counting process is unfair and corrupt.

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