Five Election Day Oddities

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Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY

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.

Voters in 11 rural Colorado counties were deciding whether or not they want to form a 51st state called North Colorado. Those spearheading the effort say they are frustrated that state government pays too much attention to Colorado's rapidly growing urban centers. If passed, the state Legislature and Congress would have to approve the creation of a new state.

Voters in Houston will decide whether to save or tear down the iconic Houston Astrodome. A referendum would authorize up to $217 million in bonds to convert the stadium site, the first indoor facility to host a Major League Baseball game, to a giant convention and event center.

Washington state will vote on an initiative that would make the state the first to require labeling genetically modified foods. The campaigning for and against the referendum has become one of the costliest in state history. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and five major corporations have spent about $20 million to cut into strong support for the measure, while food-labeling supporters have raised $7.8 million.

In New Jersey, voters will decide whether to allow proceeds from bingo and other games at veterans' halls to be used to aid the veterans. 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

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