Several conservative counties in Colorado were voting to secede and 16-year-olds were voting for the first time in ultra-liberal Takoma Park, Md. America went to the polls Tuesday to decide everything from governors to bingo funds.
Here is a look at some of the things that made Election Day 2013 unique:
In Takoma Park, 16- and 17-year-olds hopped in line to vote. In May, Takoma Park City Council voted to become the first city in the United States to lower its voting age from 18 to 16.
Early results showed that voters in 11 rural Colorado counties were rejecting a proposal to form a 51st state called North Colorado. Supporters of the secession effort said they felt the Democrat-controlled state legislature unfairly favored the needs of Colorado's rapidly growing urban centers. If the measure passes, the state Legislature and Congress would have to approve the creation of a new state.
Voters in Houston nixed a proposal to authorize up to $217 million in bonds to convert the Houston Astrodome, the first indoor facility to host a Major League Baseball game, to a giant convention and event center.
With 100% of votes tallied, voters rejected 54.81% to 45.19% an initiative that would have made Washington the first state to require labeling genetically modified foods. The campaigning for and against the referendum was one of the costliest in state history. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and five major corporations spent about $20 million to cut into strong support for the measure, while food-labeling supporters raised $7.8 million.
In New Jersey, voters agreed to allow proceeds from bingo and other games at veterans' halls to be used to repair veterans' club houses and meeting halls. Current law allows proceeds from games of chance to be used only for educational, charitable, patriotic, religious or public-spirited purposes.
Contributing: Emily Atteberry; Associated Press