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Latest details on US election recounts and court challenges in Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan - ABC News

Donald Trump's campaign lawyers are appealing against a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit which sought to throw out millions of mail-in votes in Pennsylvania.

The appeal was lodged on Sunday, a day after US District Judge Matthew Brann dismissed the Trump campaign's case as "like Frankenstein’s Monster … haphazardly stitched together from two distinct theories".

It has been two weeks since Joe Biden claimed victory as the 46th president of the United States, but President Donald Trump is yet to concede defeat.

While Mr Biden is the clear winner, vote counting is still underway, and the multiple legal challenges launched by the Trump campaign are further slowing the final tally.

Here's all the latest on the states where results have been disputed.

Georgia

The Trump campaign has requested another recount of votes in Georgia, a day after state officials certified results showing Biden won the state.

This latest recount will be the third in the state, after the initial close result triggered a second hand count.

The state's results show Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or 0.25 per cent.

Under state law, a side can call for a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 per cent.

The state's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has said he is confident in the results. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, he wrote: "Georgia's voting system has never been more secure or trustworthy."

Wisconsin

Trump's campaign wants a recount in Wisconsin's two largest Democratic counties, claiming absentee ballots were illegally altered or issued and that government officials violated state law.

The recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties began on Friday and must be completed by December 1.

Biden received 577,455 votes in those two counties compared with 213,157 for Trump.

The Trump campaign had originally sought a recount of the entire state, costing around $US7.9 million ($10.8 million). Instead, Trump paid $US3 million for a recount in the two counties.

A supporter of President Donald Trump holds up a doll with a sign saying, "My vote counted for Biden and I'm not alive".
The Trump campaign has advanced unsubstantiated claims of "massive improprieties and fraud" in the election.(AP: Morry Gash)

Pennsylvania

The President and other plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal to the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday, a day after judge Matthew Brann issued a scathing order shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.

Judge Brann wrote in his order that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise almost 7 million voters.

In seeking such a "startling outcome", he said, a plaintiff could be expected to provide compelling legal arguments and "factual proof of rampant corruption" — but "that has not happened".

Biden leads the state by a margin of more than 80,000 votes.

Michigan

House Speaker Lee Chatfield said the President did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to "break the law" or "interfere" with the election during a meeting at the White House ahead of a meeting about whether to certify Biden's 154,000-vote victory in the battleground state.

Chatfield was among seven Republican legislators who met with Trump for about an hour in the White House on Friday.

Biden won the state by 2.8 percentage points but the Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party want state officials to investigate alleged ballot irregularities in Wayne County, the state's largest, and home to the city of Detroit.

Staff for the state elections bureau said even if any irregularities were verified, they would not significantly affect the outcome.

Michigan's elections agency has recommended that a Biden victory be certified by the Board of State Canvassers, which has two Democrats and two Republicans, on Monday.

Arizona

A judge rejected the Arizona Republican Party’s bid to postpone the certification of election results in Maricopa County and dismissed a legal challenge that sought a new audit of a sampling of ballots.

Judge John Hanna issued the ruling on Thursday with little explanation, saying only that the party's request to amend its lawsuit was futile, barring it from refiling the case and promising a full explanation of his reasons for the decision in the future.

On Friday, Maricopa County officials certified results that showed Joe Biden won the state.

Nevada

A Nevada judge declined a request to block statewide certification of the election results or order a repeat of the vote in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County for a Republican congressional candidate who lost by nearly 5 per cent to an incumbent Democrat.

The rulings in separate cases by Clark County District Court Judge Gloria Sturman won't affect other legal actions pending in Nevada before Judge Sturman and other judges.

One of those cases aims to nullify the Nevada election or have Trump declared the winner despite tallies showing that of the more than 1.4 million votes cast, Biden won more than 33,000 votes.

A hearing in that case is scheduled for December 1.

What happens next?

States have until December 8 to settle any ongoing disputes about the election result.

Once that deadline has passed, each state's electors have a further six days to vote by paper ballot before Congress meets to count those electoral votes on January 6.

Once a candidate has received 270 or more electoral votes, the President of the Senate will officially announce the results.

The winning candidate will then be officially sworn in as president on Inauguration Day — January 20.

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