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With Georgia’s 16 electoral votes likely to be decided by a tiny margin, Democrats are urging voters there to fix absentee ballots that were rejected because of invalid or missing signatures before the deadline on Friday evening.

Those who voted absentee — a group that this year has been heavily Democratic — can check online to see whether election officials have accepted or rejected their ballots. Absentee ballots are often rejected when the voter forgets to sign or uses a signature that does not match the one on file with the state, possibly because it is many years old. Election officials are supposed to contact voters in such cases but are not always able to do so.

Voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday to submit a simple affidavit form to “cure” such ballots. With Georgia hanging in the balance as the last votes are counted, national Democrats — including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — are amplifying the message in hopes of salvaging every vote possible.

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PHOENIX — Another protest by supporters of President Trump unfolded on Thursday night in front of the Phoenix building where ballots were being counted in Arizona’s largest county.

The mood among the roughly 200 people was somewhat less defiant than a night earlier, when protesters, some armed with military-style rifles, demanded to be allowed into the building.

Those present on Thursday did not sound thrilled when Maricopa County officials released the latest vote counts, which still show Joseph R. Biden Jr. ahead of Mr. Trump in what had long been a Republican stronghold.

“Those people inside need to see our presence,” Abelardo Delgado, 54, said about the people counting the remaining ballots.

Mr. Delgado, an auto mechanic and naturalized immigrant from Mexico, said he did not vote for Mr. Trump in 2016 because he considered the real estate developer a racist at the time. But Mr. Delgado changed his views, coming to appreciate Mr. Trump’s anti-abortion stance.

Despite organizers’ pleas to avoid openly carrying firearms, numerous people wielding rifles milled about the crowd. Some gave interviews to European television crews.

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Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia

Philadelphia releases its first batch of results in hours, netting Biden more than 10,000 votes. The Trump lead in Pennsylvania is now around 26,000 votes.

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No states were called for either President Trump or Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday, but we got a lot closer to final results. Here’s what happened in the four states that were actively counting ballots today. (Two other uncalled states, Alaska and North Carolina, aren’t expected to significantly update their counts until next week.)

  • Arizona: Newly counted ballots in Maricopa and Pima Counties narrowed Mr. Biden’s lead in the state from about 69,000 votes to 46,000.

  • Georgia: Mr. Trump’s lead here, which was over 18,000 at the beginning of the day, has nearly vanished. Mr. Biden now trails by less than 2,000 votes.

  • Nevada: Mr. Trump had hoped the margin would narrow here, but Mr. Biden expanded his lead instead, from about 8,000 votes to more than 11,000.

  • Pennsylvania: At the beginning of the day, Mr. Trump led by more than 160,000 votes. By the end of the day, he led by less than 37,000.

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Stephanie Saul in New York

Of the votes yet to be counted in Georgia, more than 5,000 come from Clayton County, a heavily Democratic area south of Atlanta.

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Stephanie Saul in New York

Biden continues to close the gap with Trump in Georgia, where the president’s margin has shrunk to 1,902 votes.

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Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia

With more votes coming in from Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania, Trump’s margin in the state is down to 42,000 — with at least 208,000 ballots left to count statewide.

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President Trump’s false claims of voter fraud drew little support from Republican officials on Thursday, with several either rebuking the president or offering statements that stopped far short of endorsing his views.

“Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy,” Senator Mitt Romney of Utah wrote on Twitter, implicitly rejecting Mr. Trump’s extraordinary call for halting vote counts in states where he leads. “Have faith in democracy, in our Constitution, and in the American people,” he said.

“All votes that comply with Pennsylvania law must be counted, regardless of how long the process takes,” Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said in a statement. Though expressing concern that Philadelphia’s vote counting “lacks transparency,” Mr. Toomey concluded that “all parties involved must accept the outcome of the election regardless of whether they won or lost.”

“There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process,” tweeted Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a frequent Trump critic. “No election or person is more important than our Democracy.”

Shortly after Mr. Trump’s remarks at the White House, Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement of support, but one that did not echo the president’s talk of conspiracy and fraud. “I Stand With President @realDonaldTrump. We must count every LEGAL vote,” Mr. Pence tweeted, echoing none of the president’s charges of fraud and conspiracy.

Multiple Republicans indirectly suggested that Mr. Trump had presented no actual evidence of wrongdoing.

“If a candidate believes a state is violating election laws they have a right to challenge it in court & produce evidence in support of their claims,” tweeted Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. He also reposted a tweet from Wednesday in which he said: “Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud. And court challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression.”

Without naming Mr. Trump, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted that “if you have legit concerns about fraud present EVIDENCE and take it to court. STOP Spreading debunked misinformation.”

“This is getting insane,” he added.

Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted what seemed to be partly a plea and partly a threat:

“If you want to win in 2024 as a Republican. I would probably start saying something. Just saying,” he wrote. But on Thursday night, there was little sign of that happening.

Here are some of the interesting characters that our photographers captured at the rallies and protests on Day 3.

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Alicia Parlapiano in Washington

Maricopa County will post its next report Friday at 11 a.m. ET. Officials there say they have 204,000 more early ballots to process, and a smaller number of provisional and other ballots.

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Alicia Parlapiano in Washington

With the update we just got from Maricopa County, Biden’s margin over Trump in Arizona has narrowed to 1.5 points from 2.4 points this morning. About 46,000 votes separate them.

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Jennifer Medina in Phoenix

With another batch of votes in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Biden’s lead in Arizona has shrunk. These are the last votes expected to be reported by Maricopa tonight.

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Maggie Astor in New York

Biden continues to gain ground in Georgia. Trump now leads there by just 2,497 votes. Another 16,105 votes remain to be counted.

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Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia

Biden continues to improve in Pennsylvania, where he just picked up a net of 2,500 votes in red Mercer County, where Trump currently has 63 percent of the vote.

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Alicia Parlapiano in Washington

Around 9 p.m Eastern time we’re expecting more results from Maricopa County (Phoenix), where the majority of Arizona’s uncounted votes remain.

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Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia

Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania is down to just over 50,000, with at least 250,000 mail ballots left to count in the state.

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Stephanie Saul in New York

In Georgia, where Trump’s lead over Biden has shrunk to 3,486, only 18,936 ballots remain uncounted, according to Jordan Fuchs, the deputy secretary of state.

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Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia

Trump’s margin continues to shrink in Pennsylvania as Biden surges in Philadelphia’s suburbs. Updates from Delaware and Bucks counties gave Biden a net gain of 5,400 votes.

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Nineteen former United States attorneys — all of whom served under Republican presidents — released a statement on Thursday calling President Trump’s legal threats, claims of fraud and false declarations of victory “premature, baseless and reckless.”

“We hereby call upon the president to patiently and respectfully allow the lawful vote-counting process to continue, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, and to avoid any further comments or other actions which can serve only to undermine our democracy,” wrote the attorneys.

The attorneys countered Mr. Trump’s false suggestions that it is somehow wrong to count ballots after Election Day — something states do in every election. “Whether it takes days, or even weeks, for that process to conclude, it must be allowed to take place in a way that is open, fair and lawful, and without any improper political interference,” they said.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — In the presidential race, California affirmed its reputation as a stronghold for Democrats. But down the ballot, a more complex picture of the state’s voters emerged: one of strong libertarian impulses and resistance to some quintessentially liberal ideas.

In a series of referendums, voters in California rejected affirmative action, decisively shot down an expansion of rent control and eviscerated a law that gives greater labor protections for ride-share and delivery drivers. A measure that would have raised taxes on commercial landlords to raise billions for a state that sorely needs revenue also seemed on track for defeat.

The results provided something of a gut check for liberals in a state that plays a big role in the Democratic Party and often offers insights into where the rest of the nation might head.

“The results in California show the Democrats that you can go too far,” said Bob Shrum, a former Democratic strategist and the director of the Dornsife Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California. “California is a very liberal state that is now resistant to higher taxes and welcoming to the new gig economy, which is where the industry was created.”

It’s not that California is lurching rightward; the state is unwaveringly Democratic up and down the ranks of its government. But these mixed results for liberal viewpoints were not an anomaly.

California has always had competing impulses. The state that is home to Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, also produced icons of conservatism, including Ronald Reagan. Some of the most prominent conservative voices during the Trump presidency hail from California, including Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader; Devin Nunes, the outspoken congressman and staunch Trump ally; and Stephen Miller, the hard-line anti-immigration White House adviser.

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Jim Rutenberg in New York

A federal judge denied the Trump campaign’s request to stop vote counting in Philadelphia, but officials agreed to expand the number of people each side could have in the room.

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Adam Nagourney in Los Angeles

Trump’s remarks had a farewell tone to them as he listed all the obstacles that he is blaming for any loss. The downbeat contrast from his election night tone was startling.

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The election saw the highest turnout in recent memory, and voters didn’t just flock to the polls in droves. They also flocked to news websites.

“Election Day and the day after were record-setting days for The Washington Post, with Nov. 4 hitting our highest number of page views in history by over 40 percent,” Kristine Coratti Kelly, a spokeswoman for The Post, said in an email on Thursday. Traffic to BuzzFeed News was up 13 percent, a spokeswoman said.

Local news sites in battleground states also benefited.

Starting Tuesday afternoon, traffic to The Philadelphia Inquirer website jumped 140 percent over 48 hours and new digital subscriptions were up 83 percent, said Evan Benn, the newspaper’s director of special projects and editorial events. At The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, website traffic on Monday doubled that of the previous Monday, and then grew another 41 percent on Tuesday, the day of the election, said Monica Richardson, a senior managing editor.

The election was big business north of the border too. At one point Thursday morning, the 11 stories leading the website of Canada’s The Globe & Mail were all about the U.S. election.

What people wanted to read varied. At The Wall Street Journal, Inquirer and Journal-Constitution, live updates and live results pages were quite popular. The Journal-Constitution also saw strong readership for stories about local races, like the election of the DeKalb County sheriff, and for what Richardson called “utility content,” including articles about when the Georgia Senate runoff election will occur. attracted more readers with lighter election-related content like celebrity voting and memes.

Votebeat, a pop-up newsroom created for the election by an education news nonprofit, Chalkbeat, presciently anticipated a “protracted period of vote counting and litigation” and will operate through the end of the year, said Alison Go, one of its executives. Reporters there, working in a number of states, had an unusual finding: It was hard to get voters to talk to them.

“I think between the pandemic and a lot of the warnings swirling around before Nov. 3, voters were wary and skeptical,” Ms. Go said.

Voters may have been skeptical of talking to reporters, but they certainly weren’t skeptical about reading their work.

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President Trump broke a two-day silence with reporters to deliver a brief statement filled with egregious falsehoods and smears about the election process as workers in a handful of states continued to tabulate votes.

The president painted the election results so far as part of a broad conspiracy to deprive him of a second term by Democrats, election officials in various cities and the news media.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Mr. Trump began when he took the podium in the White House briefing room, a false statement that cast aspersion on the rest of the election. He offered no evidence; instead, he listed a series of conspiracy theories about why ballots arrived late in some places.

At the same time that he insisted that Democrats were figuring out how many mail-in ballots they needed to counteract his performance in various states, the president listed a series of successful Republican wins on Tuesday and appeared unaware of the cognitive dissonance in saying that other Republicans had won while he lost as he claimed a plot to harm him.

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PHOENIX — About 200 supporters of President Trump gathered in front of the Arizona Republican Party headquarters on Thursday afternoon, after a protest earlier in the day involving about 50 Trump supporters dissipated in front of City Hall in Phoenix.

Jason Steiner, a quality control inspector who held a sign saying “Fake News Fox!!!,” said he showed up to express his disdain for the television network after it called Arizona for Joseph R. Biden Jr.

“Fox has always represented big business interests,” said Mr. Steiner, 47. “Donald Trump speaks for the people, which is ironic because he’s a billionaire.”

“In every revolution, there’s a second tier of wealthy people who go against the first tier of wealthy people, and Trump is in that second tier,” he added.

Some in the crowd held signs reading “Don’t Steal Elections,” “Shame on Fox News” and “Recall Fontes,” referring to the dissatisfaction among some conservatives with Adrian Fontes, the Democrat who oversees elections in Maricopa County, where a huge final vote-counting effort was underway to help determine the winner of the presidential election.

Protests also took place in areas where the results were settled, like New York, Portland, Washington and Miami.

In Philadelphia, Carol O’Connor, a retiree, urged people to be patient and wait for all votes to be counted.

“To cut off the counting, no, because those votes were in on time,” said Ms. O’Connor, 71. “That’s the process that we have in place, and that’s what we’ve got to roll with right now.”

Much of the ire expressed by Republicans in Phoenix reflected shifts in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and its suburbs. Maricopa, which accounts for about 60 percent of the state’s population, has gone from being a Republican stronghold to a place where Democrats are gaining ground.

Kelli Ward, the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, spoke briefly to the crowd about her dissatisfaction with Mr. Fontes before people began chanting “Fire Fontes.”

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Maggie Astor in New York

More votes have been reported in Chatham and Clayton Counties, narrowing Trump’s lead in Georgia to less than 4,000.

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Maggie Astor in New York

Erie County, Pa., a bellwether county that voted for Trump in 2016, just flipped to Biden. Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania is now less than 74,000.

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As the unresolved election dragged further into Thursday, supporters, vote counters and reporters alike grew somewhat weary.

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Michael Grynbaum in New York

The three major networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — have all cut away after Trump made false claims in an appearance at the White House.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — A video of a crowd chanting “stop the count” outside a polling station in Detroit turned a Facebook group called Stop the Steal into one of the fastest-growing groups in the social network’s history. It amassed more than 320,000 users less than 22 hours after it started.

That caught the attention of Facebook executives, who shut down the group for trying to incite violence.

Still, the group’s work was done despite its brief existence. It became a hub for people to falsely claim that the ballot count for the presidential election was being manipulated against President Trump. Photographs, videos and testimonials asserting voter fraud were posted to the group every few minutes. From there, they traveled onto Twitter, YouTube and right-wing sites that cited the unsubstantiated and inaccurate posts as evidence of an illegitimate voting process.

Stop the Steal’s rapid rise and amplifying effects showed how Facebook groups are a powerful tool for seeding and accelerating online movements, including those filled with misinformation. Public Facebook groups that can be joined by anyone with a Facebook account have long been the nerve centers for fringe movements such as QAnon and anti-vaccination activists.

And while Stop the Steal has been deleted, other Facebook groups promoting falsehoods about voter fraud have popped up.

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Maggie Astor in New York

Biden won a new batch of votes from Cumberland County, Pa., by a margin of nearly 70 percent to 30 percent, narrowing Trump’s lead in the state to less than 80,000.

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DETROIT — Kameron Fisher, 28, normally doesn’t keep cable news shows on in the background, but it has been the soundtrack for the past three days at his home in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

“I actually stayed up the whole night and was watching the results come in, and some things concern me a little bit,” he said as he walked through downtown Detroit on Thursday. “It felt like, if we’re counting ballots, then data should be flowing in, but it wasn’t.”

Mr. Fisher, an Army veteran, said gun rights were a big factor for him. He is worried that his guns and his ammunition will be taxed if former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins the election. But Mr. Fisher didn’t think President Trump was a good candidate, either; he voted for the Libertarian Jo Jorgenson.

Mr. Fisher, who works in information technology, said he was heartened that there was a more conservative majority on the Supreme Court that he expected would protect the Second Amendment, regardless of who won the presidency.

The unseasonably warm afternoon prompted Michael Ivory, 39, of Southgate, to take a break from his finance job in Detroit. He said he wished he could take a break from the bombardment of news as well.

“I had to stop looking at CNN for just one day,” Mr. Ivory said. “You’re looking at the numbers, and you’re just wondering what’s going on in different counties in different states, but you’ve just got to sit back and just let it let it happen.”

If Mr. Trump came out on top, Mr. Ivory said, he hoped the president would gain a little “gracious character and hope that we see a kind of difference in leadership.”

If Mr. Biden won, “I would like that he would just go ahead and really unite the country, because that’s what he’s been really talking about,” Mr. Ivory said.

He added that the anxiety of the exhausting election cycle was now mixed with relief that the campaign ads and constant bickering were nearly over.

“No more phone calls or getting texted every day and every hour asking if I’ve voted,” Mr. Ivory said, “so it’s kind of a relief.”

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Stephanie Saul in New York

In Georgia’s ongoing presidential vote tally, Biden continues to gain on Trump, narrowing the lead to fewer than 10,000 votes for the first time today.

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John James, a Republican who ran against Senator Gary Peters of Michigan in a contest that ended up being much closer than most public polling showed, is refusing to concede, citing vague and unsupported claims of cheating.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Mr. James said nothing of the presidential contest in Michigan, which President Trump lost and attempted to throw into doubt with a lawsuit that was promptly dismissed by a state judge.

But Mr. James did call for an investigation and expressed “deep concerns that millions of Michiganders may have been disenfranchised by a dishonest few who cheat.” He did not specify which government entity he hoped would investigate or offer an specifics about what kind of cheating he was referring to.

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Jim Rutenberg in New York

The Trump campaign filed suit in federal court seeking to stop the counting in Philadelphia, arguing that its observers were denied proper access. A hearing was set for 5:30 p.m.

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Michael Gold in New York

Nevada has about 190,000 ballots still to be counted, the secretary of state said. Ninety percent of them are from Clark County, where Biden currently leads by 8 percentage points.

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‘In America, the Vote Is Sacred,’ Biden Says

At a news conference on Thursday, Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, said he felt confident about his chances, but stopped short of declaring himself the winner of the election.

In America, the vote is sacred. It’s how people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters. No one, not anything else, that chooses the president of United States of America. So each ballot must be counted. And that’s what we’re going to see going through now. And that’s how it should be. Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded, now for more than 240 years, with a system of governance. And that’s been the envy of the world. We continue to feel — Senator and I — we continue to feel very good about where things stand. We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. So I ask everyone to stay calm. All the people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed, and we’ll know very soon.

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At a news conference on Thursday, Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, said he felt confident about his chances, but stopped short of declaring himself the winner of the election.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday urged Americans to be patient as votes were counted and said he and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, had “no doubt” that they would ultimately prevail.

“It is the will of the voters, no one, not anything else, that chooses the president of the United States of America,” he said. “So, each ballot must be counted, and that’s what we’re going to see going through now. And that’s how it should be.”

In brief remarks to reporters in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden continued: “Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been the envy of the world.”

Mr. Biden spoke after he and Ms. Harris received briefings on the coronavirus pandemic and the economy at a theater in Wilmington. Earlier in the day, Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, expressed confidence that Mr. Biden would win the election, and during his remarks, Mr. Biden also predicted a victory.

“We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners,” he said. “So, I ask everyone to stay calm — all the people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed, and we’ll know very soon.”

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