- After several hours of silence on Twitter, President Donald Trump came back to falsely allege that there is an attempt to "steal" the election.
- Several states have yet to finish tallying votes.
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President Donald Trump falsely claimed that there's an effort to "STEAL" the election, in a tweet early Wednesday as several states are still working to tally votes to determine a winner.
"We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!" Trump wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
The president then tweeted the same message with the correct spelling of "polls," which was flagged by Twitter for containing false information about the election.
Trump who normally actively tweets did not tweet anything in the span of the time that polls were closing and races were being called.
While several states have been called, many states are still tallying ballots, and with an unprecedented amount of mail-in votes, it may be a while before all states finish tallying and certifying the results.
In response, Democratic candidate Joe Biden said it's neither up to him nor Trump to determine the outcome of the election.
Biden in a speech early Wednesday expressed optimism that he could win some key swing states. Following Biden's speech, Trump also announced on Twitter that he will be speaking shortly.
"I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!"
No winner of the election has been called and states like Georgia, Arizona, and Michigan have tight races so far and are contentious.
In the United States, Americans don't directly elect the president.
Instead, states appoint a number of electors equal to the number of representatives they have in Congress to the electoral college, a system that was devised in the 18th century by the founders of the United States.
This year, states must certify their results by December 8, also known as the "safe harbour" deadline. On December 14, electors will convene in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to formally cast their votes for president and vice president.
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