Voters in many states have decided some hot button social issues.
Voters in Colorado and South Dakota rejected ballot measures that could have led to sweeping bans of abortion.
Washington became only the second state -- after Oregon -- to offer terminally ill people the option of physician-assisted suicide.
In California, exit polls suggest a close race on a high-profile measure that would ban gay marriage.
Three other states seemed headed toward enacting measures that would curtail the rights of same-sex couples.
Massachusetts voters have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.
And Michigan has joined 12 other states in allowing use of pot for medical purposes.