Election Night wasn't just about Donald Trump's win, or even Republicans retaining control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It was also about marijuana, guns, football, minimum wages and "instant-runoff" voting. Below are some of the major ballot issues you might have missed:
It was a big night for legal weed. California, Nevada and Massachusetts all legalized recreational use; Massachusetts is the first East Coast state to do so. Maine joined the ranks Wednesday morning after a neck-and-neck contest.
Meanwhile, Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota all approved medical marijuana measures.
Kate Brown of Oregon became the first openly bisexual governor to win an election. She was appointed to the job in 2012 after former Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in a corruption scandal.
And Kamala Harris of California became the first biracial woman and the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the Senate.a
Gun laws got tighter
After repeated failures to push gun control measures through Congress, two states enacted strict gun control measures of their own. Nevada will now require background checks for all gun sales, closing the so-called "gun show loophole," according to KLAS.
Meanwhile, Washington state passed a measure enabling "Gun Violence Restraining Orders," which can temporarily prevent people at risk of hurting themselves or others from buying or owning guns, our partner at KOMO reports.
A plan for a new taxpayer-funded stadium for the San Diego Chargers was crushed at the ballot box. Dean Spanos may move the team to Los Angeles, sharing a stadium with the Rams.
Colorado voters approved a measure allowing doctors to end the lives of terminally ill patients with their consent, The Verge reports.
The minimum wage
Four states opted to increase the minimum wage:
- Arizona from $8.05/hour to $12/hour by 2020, with an annual adjustment based on cost of living, The Arizona Republic reports.
- Colorado, from $8.31/hour to $12/hour by 2020
- Maine, from $7.50/hour to $12/hour by 2020
- Washington state, from $9.47/hour to $13.50/hour by 2020, in addition to requiring paid sick leave, according to The Seattle Times.
A new way to vote?
Voters in Maine approved a new way to vote for elected officials, commonly known as "rank-choice" or "instant-runoff" voting. Instead of picking one candidate for an office, voters rank their top choices.
If no candidate has more than 50 percent of voters' first choices, the least-popular candidate is eliminated, and votes for that candidate would instead count for the voters' second choices, according to Politico.
Advantage of an instant runoff?
Maine is the first state to adopt such a system, but cities like San Francisco, Oakland, St. Paul and Minneapolis all use it already.
Advocates say it helps third-party candidates. For instance, if Maine had instant-runoff voting in the 2016 presidential election, voters could pick Jill Stein as their first choice and Clinton as their second choice; if Clinton did not win a majority, then those votes for Stein would become votes for Clinton.