President Donald Trump is demanding a halt in vote counting in the presidential election.
His extraordinary demand to cease the vote count came in an all-uppercase Thursday morning tweet:: “STOP THE COUNT!”
He followed up with a second tweet expanding on his demand: "ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!"
The second tweet was labeld by Twitter as "disputed" and hidden from immediate view.
Elections are run by individual state, county and local governments. Trump’s public comments have no legal authority on the tallying of votes across the country, but his Twitter presence gives him with significant influence on public opinion.
Trump’s comments come as his campaign has filed or intends to file legal action in at least four states to try to stop vote counting and begin recounts, claiming a lack of transparency.
At the same time, Trump’s campaign has held out hope that continued counting in Arizona could overcome a Biden lead in the state.
This report contains material from The Associated Press.
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