What Kalamazoo voters need to know to start Day 2 after Election Day

Your next government: what's decided and what's still unclear.

The Kalamazoo County results are in, while most national races in this historic election remain closely called or subject to change or challenge.

Here’s what you need to know about your next government to start your morning:

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Locally, here’s what was pre-certified as complete by the Kalamazoo County Clerk’s office late Wednesday night:

  • The Kalamazoo County Housing Millage passed with 51 percent of the vote.
  • Prosecuting Attorney: Jeff Getting-D (incumbent)
  • Sheriff: Richard Fuller-D (incumbent)
  • Clerk: Meredith Place-D
  • Treasurer: Thomas Whitener-D (in an upset of longtime Treasurer Mary Balkema-R)

U.S. House 6th District: Fred Upton-R (incumbent) defeated outgoing Michigan 60th District Rep. Jon Hoadley-D.

The next state representatives with constituencies in Kalamazoo County will be:

  • 60th District: Julie Rogers-D
  • 61st District: Christine Morse-D
  • 63rd District: Matt Hall-R (incumbent)
  • 66th District: Beth Griffin-R (incumbent)

Kalamazoo Public School Board

  • TiAnna L. Harrison (incumbent)
  • Megan Maddock
  • Patti Sholler-Barber (incumbent)

You can find the complete Kalamazoo County election results here.

Sen. Gary Peters-D (incumbent) appears to have beaten John James-R in a close race.

Earlier on Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have enough votes for Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, though President Trump has filed a legal challenge, which may impact the Peters-James race. At time of publication, no presidential candidate has enough electoral college votes yet to become president.

It’s important to remember: Ballots are still being counted, multiple states have yet to be decided, and there are lawsuits pending or threatened against the results of some of those that have been decided. The threat of misinformation or disinformation can ruin your day and sharing it can ruin democracy.

What’s next? Pending successful legal challenges, other political maneuvers, or an unusual electoral college session, we’re likely to know who will be the next president in the coming days. For a trusted source to follow national developments, here’s NPR’s Live Updates page.

Here’s the Pew Research Center with how the process works from now until inauguration.

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