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Posted at 10:46 AM, Nov 03, 2020
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WEST MICHIGAN — Stay with FOX 17 for coverage of Election Day across West Michigan.

RELATED: ELECTION RESULTS: See races across West Michigan

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The process of canvassing all votes cast across the county has begun and is expected to take a full 2 weeks to complete.

SEE MORE: Process of canvassing votes expected to take 2 weeks in Kent County

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It's a tight race to the White House, razor thin margins remain in Georgia after former Vice President Joe Biden took the lead by roughly 900 votes in the peach state Friday morning.

SEE MORE: Waiting on Georgia votes and the likelihood of a stalemate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is the projected winner in Michigan and on his path to victory he managed to flip battleground Kent County.

SEE MORE: Joe Biden's win in Kent County shouldn't come as a surprise

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Local leaders in Grand Rapids believe high Black voter turnout helped Michigan and Kent County flip to blue.

SEE MORE: Black community sees high voter turnout; local official says “I felt a new energy”

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Thursday evening President Trump claimed that voter fraud was rampant in Michigan, saying that ballots were being illegally brought into Detroit's voting center at 4 a.m., likely referring to a video that's since gone viral claiming that ballots were being snuck into the center using a red wagon.

That claim has since been debunked.

SEE MORE: Trump gives baseless claim that there was voter fraud in Detroit during press briefing

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Republicans will continue to hold the majority in Michigan’s state House following Tuesday’s election.

SEE MORE: Republicans continue majority in Michigan's state House

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Celebrating his reelection, Sen. Gary Peters is pledging to fight for Democratic values and be bipartisan in his second term while saying it is “sad” and “pathetic” that Republican challenger John James refuses to concede defeat.

SEE MORE: Peters says James' refusal to concede election 'pathetic'

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The race for Sheriff in Kalamazoo County was a nail-biter, but it ended in re-election for Sheriff Richard Fuller.

SEE MORE: Sheriff Richard Fuller re-elected for fourth term in Kalamazoo County

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Republican Senate candidate John James says there is enough evidence to call for an investigation into the fairness of the election in Michigan.

SEE MORE: John James calls for investigation into election in Michigan

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More than 5.5 million people voted in Michigan’s presidential election — the most ever and the highest percentage of voting-age residents to cast a ballot in 60 years.

SEE MORE: Record 5.5M voted in Michigan; highest turnout % in 60 years

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President Trump's legal team argued in the Michigan Court of Claims Thursday that Republican election challengers were denied "meaningful access" to the process of adjudicating disputed ballots.

SEE MORE: WATCH: Donald Trump's ballot requests denied in Michigan Court of Claims

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President Donald Trump is laying the groundwork for contesting battleground states by filing lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.

SEE MORE: 2020 Race: Lawsuits, recounts, and five remaining states

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We got a several calls and emails as to why our election results did not match up with the state's secretary of state website.

SEE MORE: Video: SOS Election website results delayed

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As results are reported, the Secretary of State says they are the last site to check for up-to-date results.

SEE MORE: SOS: State site results delay not an indication of fraud

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SEE MORE: MI SOS Office: State site results delay not an indication of fraud

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SEE MORE: Whitmer, Gilchrist respond to Michigan election results

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SEE MORE: Benson calls Trump lawsuit 'frivolous,' says election was secure, accurate as vote counting wraps up

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Joe Biden wins Michigan, FOX News projects.

SEE MORE: Joe Biden wins Michigan, FOX News projects

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As Americans await the results of the election, some areas in west Michigan are still finishing the count including Kalamazoo.

SEE MORE: City of Kalamazoo is still counting absentee ballots

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It's a historic election. But the counting process isn't exactly making history for its speed.

SEE MORE: Constitutional law expert explains voting count process

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Joe Biden wins Wisconsin.

SEE MORE: Joe Biden wins Wisconsin

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Secretary Jocelyn Benson held a news conference Wednesday to address updates and concerns surrounding the counting process for the 2020 election.

SEE MORE: WATCH: 100K votes to be counted, Secretary Benson says

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Elections staffers are busy Wednesday continuing the process of tabulating the 85,000+ absentee ballots cast in Grand Rapids.

SEE MORE: Thousands of absentee ballots still being counted in Grand Rapids

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(88% of precints reporting)
Joe Biden: 2,525,389 (49%)
Donald Trump: 2,509,601 (49%)

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson delivers an update on Election Night.

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Voters in Paw Paw waited an upwards of two hours to cast their ballots in this year's presidential election.

SEE MORE: Two hour wait to cast ballot in Paw Paw isn't deterring voters

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When someone reported trouble at a polling place in Warren, local police were not expecting to find opposing campaign supporters singing together.

SEE MORE: "Good Trouble" tweets AG Nessel as voters sing at polls

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When Michael DeVries arrived at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Tuesday morning to vote, he and his family took one look at the long line snaking through the parking lot and decided to return home.

SEE MORE: Long lines not deterring voters in Dorr Township

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Voters in Portage are on track to break turnout records with half of registered voters voting absentee ahead of Election Day.

SEE MORE: Portage voters are on track for a historic turnout

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A group of civilian poll watchers are traveling between different polling locations across the county to investigate reports of possible voter intimidation.

SEE MORE: Citizen poll watchers out in Kent County to prevent voter intimidation

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Long lines are expected at the polls on Election Day, but this year some voters are worried about the security of their ballot and social distancing.

SEE MORE: Grand Rapids voter concerned about fraud and social distancing at polls

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Michael Martin shares an update from a Plainfield Township polling location.

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SEE MORE: Non-partisan organization encourages students to register, vote on Western Michigan campus

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Brody Carter shares an update from the FOX 17 Real-time Map.

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Grand Rapids residents can register to vote in person with the city clerk on Election Day up until 8 o’clock tonight. If you do need to register to vote, bring a document that proves your residency. Digital copies are accepted.

SEE MORE: Grand Rapids city clerk prepared for a busy Election Day

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Polls are open, and the race to 270 electoral votes begins today. County officials have encouraged the public to practice patience as absentee ballots are tabulated and a winner may not be announced for a few days.

SEE MORE: Many roads to the White House, only one winner

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We spoke with the Kent County Elections Director Gerrid Uzarski and Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons ahead of voting to make sure voter know what to expect and can ensure their ballots will be safely counted.

SEE MORE: What voters should know this Election Day

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President Donald Trump ends his speech at a rally at Ford airport.

WATCH: President Donald Trump holds rally at Gerald R. Ford International Airport on eve of Election Day

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