On what grounds is Trump taking legal action in WI, MI, GA and PA?

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America's presidential election is moving towards its nerve-shredding conclusion and hinges on a few battleground states where counting continues.

Trump's possible paths to reelection are closing up quickly as a late surge of mail-in ballots skew for Joe Biden and put him within touching distance of the White House.

But the President has made clear he will go down fighting and has filed a series of lawsuits alleging election malpractice.

He is suing in Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania and demanding a recount in Wisconsin after Biden squeaked out razor-thin win.

In Georgia Republicans have mounted a legal challenge based on as little as 53 votes. 

It comes after Trump made an extraordinary election night speech denouncing the process and vowing to go to the Supreme Court.

The last time the Supreme Court was asked to rule on an election - Bush v. Gore 2000 - it took judges until December 12 to make a decision.

Scroll down for a run-down of the legal wrangling Trump hopes will still clinch him victory.  

Michigan - stop votes being counted and review ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted 

Donald Trump yesterday filed a lawsuit in the battleground state of Michigan seeking to halt vote-counting and review counted ballots.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans had not been given 'meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process'.

He claims this violates state law and the Trump campaign has filed a suit with the Michigan Court of Claims. 

It demands counting is stopped until Trump campaign poll-watchers are allowed to observe, while also asking to review the ballots already counted.  

Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel reacted to the statement saying no suit has yet been served, but insisted the elections had been 'conducted transparently, with access provided for both political parties and the public'. 

Tensions were palpable at Detroit's main absentee vote counting centre as police blockaded election challengers from entering the hall, which had reached capacity.

Michigan has been called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted

Tensions were palpable at Detroit's main absentee vote counting centre as police blockaded election challengers from entering the hall, which had reached capacity

Georgia - secure and account for late mail-in ballots

Too early to call. Trump ahead by 0.5 points with 98 per cent of ballots counted 

President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County, asking a judge to order all late ballots be secured and accounted for. 

It was filed after a Republican observer claims to have witnessed mail-in ballots which arrived after the 7pm deadline added to a pile of lawful votes to be counted.

Sean Pumphry, a registered GOP poll-watcher, said he saw 53 unprocessed ballots added to processed ones.

In the GOP's 14-page lawsuit to the superior court of Chatham County, which includes the city of Savannah, he claims: 'In accordance with my training and experience the actions taken by poll workers do not comply with Georgia law’s safeguards to insure chain of custody.' 

It is not clear how Pumphry knew the unprocessed mail-in ballots arrived after the 7pm deadline, and Georgia Republican chairman David Shafer did not comment on this when approached by the Savannah Morning News.

Shafer said in a statement that he planned to file suits in several counties in Georgia.

Too early to call. Trump ahead by 0.5 points with 98 per cent of ballots counted

President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against election officials in Chatham County, asking a judge to order all late ballots be secured and accounted for

Wisconsin - recount the ballots

Called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted 

The Trump campaign last night announced it would demand a recount of ballots in Wisconsin after an ultra-tight race. 

Biden only edged a victory in the state, leading Trump by just 0.53 per cent of the vote.

Wisconsin state law allows campaigns to pay for a recount if the margin of defeat is less than 1 per cent. 

The Trump campaign also alleged 'irregularities' in the vote counting and poured doubt on the veracity of the tally.

Campaign manager Stepien yesterday said in a statement: 'Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be.

'There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. 

'The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.' 

Wisconsin was called for Biden with 99 per cent of ballots counted

Election official Pam Hainault works in the ballot room organizing unused ballots returned from voting precincts after Election Day at the Kenosha Municipal Building

Pennsylvania - multiple legal challenges

Won't know until Friday. Biden ahead by three points with 89 per cent of ballots counted

Supreme Court  

The Trump campaign yesterday released a statement saying it would be taking 'critical legal actions' in the state.

It will wade into a case currently before the Supreme Court which challenges state law that allows for mail-in ballots that arrive up to three days after election day.

The case of Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar is currently before the Supreme Court and is pending petition.

Deputy Trump Campaign Manager Justin Clark said the campaign will 'move to intervene' in the case. 

Won't know until Friday. Biden ahead by three points with 89 per cent of ballots counted

Stop counting until transparency guarantees 

Like in Georgia, he also said Trump would be suing to stop 'Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing' from GOP poll-watchers.

He claimed that Republican observers in Philadelphia were ordered to stand 25 metres away from counting staff, making it impossible to watch.

And like in Michigan, the Trump campaign is suing to halt vote counting until 'meaningful transparency' is guaranteed.

Voter ID challenge

Trump has accused Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of unilaterally extending the deadline by which mail-in voters whose voter ID was missing to provide proof.

Under state law, first-time mail-in and absentee voters must provide identification. 

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