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Voters cast their ballots in booths at Farrington High School, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Guns, weed and football: The biggest non-Trump Election Night results you may have missed

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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:

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Recreational marijuana 

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. And Maine still might -- it was too close to call Wednesday morning.

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FILE--This April 21, 2011, file photo shows marijuana growing in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Ore. Oregon state officials have upheld local regulations blocking people from growing medical marijuana on property zoned for rural residential use. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, file)

Medical marijuana

Meanwhile, Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota all approved medical marijuana measures.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks to the crowd of supporters after being elected at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

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.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks to supporters at a election night rally Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

And Kamala Harris of California became the first biracial woman and the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the Senate.

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.

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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, center, greets state senators as he arrives at the Legislative Chamber to deliver the annual State of the State address, in Lincoln, Neb. With little more than two weeks until the election, Ricketts is pouring big money into this year's legislative races on top of his contributions to the campaign seeking to preserve the death penalty. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

The death penalty returns

Last year, Nebraska removed the death penalty. Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed the original bill, but lawmakers overrode him. This year, it was reinstated.

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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers pumps his fist after getting a first down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in San Diego. The Chargers won 43-35. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Suddenly, football!

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.

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File - In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Colorado Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, consoles Carol Stork of Delta, Colo., after her testimony about the death of her terminally-ill husband Albert, during a Colorado legislative hearing on a proposal sponsored by Court and Rep. Joann Ginal that would give dying patients the option to seek help ending their lives, in Denver. Thwarted in the Legislature to make Colorado the fifth state to allow the terminally ill to seek medical aid in dying, supporters now appear to have strong support for a measure on the upcoming general election ballot that would allow the same thing. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

'Right-to-die' laws

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.

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