One thing that I’ve commented with people back home in PR, because they are having their own shyteshow with their vote count, is that as usual, something that used to be just the way things are done is being approached from the angle of “so, who can MAKE me do it like others used to?”
Certification of count and canvass always did take weeks to become truly official, as in signed off on and sealed by actual officers of the state. Just that historically, you’d get enough preliminary reports with clear numbers that you’d assume there would be no change on who won the post, just on by how much, and you could rely on the “call”. Now you’ve got the man at the Top claiming that no, that is wrong and it must mean something’s fishy.
And yes, it is an effort to discredit the process. Stand by to see red states next year amending their election laws to flat out do away with anything but in-person ID’ed voting at minimal locations, and mandating a “call” for whoever’s leading 12 hours after poll closing.