How it works: If a lawsuit successfully stops certification of results in a state, legislators there could step into the void and pick a pro-Trump slate of electors.

The lawyer, who requested anonymity to speak about the scenario, said Trump’s team now appears to be trying to throw enough dirt at the process for counting late ballots to argue that accurate results can’t be ascertained.

The next step could be to try to get federal or state courts to enjoin secretaries of state from certifying results.

Any move to provide an alternative slate of electors could force the first real test of the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and could land before the Supreme Court.