Nationwide Election Day 2015

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – 7:10 p.m. – Controversial LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Houston fails to win approval by voters.

6:50 p.m. – Ohio voters reject proposal to legalize marijuana

6:39 p.m. – Voters across the country are heading to polls to make their picks in local elections, a couple of governor’s races and dozens of other ballot measures.

There is drama in Ohio right now. Polls in Cincinnati and surrounding Hamilton County are staying open later than scheduled under a judge’s order and there is a controversial reason.

People are voting on whether to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.

The judge made the decision to keep the polls open in response to an emergency injunction filed by a marijuana legalization campaign.

The claims there are problems involving a new electronic check-in system and that affected voting throughout the day.

If it’s approved, people in Ohio would be able to grown their own four marijuana plants for personal consumption.

Commercial marijuana cultivation would only be allowed on ten farms, all of them owned by the investors who backed this initiative.

State legislators have put a competing measure on the ballot called "Issue Two." It would basically ban what the pot investors are trying to do.

Another thing we’re keeping a close eye on is an equal rights bill in Houston.

Proposition One or the Houston "Equal Rights Ordinance" is what voters are talking about.

It’s supposed to protect people from discrimination based on age, race, disability, and sexual orientation.

But opponents are calling it the "Bathroom Bill," saying it encourages men to enter women’s bathrooms.

Below is a list of other elections happening around the nation Tuesday: 

1. Washington – Animals

A Washington ballot initiative backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and various animal-rights groups would make it a state crime to buy, sell or trade products coming from certain wild animals. The ban targets endangered species of elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks and rays.

In Texas, a ballot measure would create a constitutional right for people to hunt, fish and "harvest wildlife."

2. Kentucky – Governors

The race to succeed term-limited Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, features two candidates — Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican businessman Matt Bevin — who have taken contrasting positions over same-sex marriage and Medicaid expansion.

In the only other gubernatorial race, Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has spent $2.7 million on his re-election bid, easily outdoing the $3,000 spent by Democratic nominee Robert Gray, a truck driver. 

3. Ohio – Marijuana

The battle over marijuana shifts to Ohio, where a ballot initiative would legalize the recreational use of pot by adults 21 and older and allow for medicinal use by others. The initiative would authorize 10 particular facilities to grow marijuana.

4. Texas – Transportation

Texas roads could gain at least $2.5 billion annually, starting in 2017, if voters approve a proposed constitutional amendment. The measure would divert general and vehicle sales tax revenues toward a highway fund when collections exceed certain thresholds.

In Maine, voters are considering an $85 million bond issue for roads, bridges and other modes of transportation. If approved, it’s projected to draw more than $120 million of additional federal funding.

5. San Francisco – Housing

San Francisco voters will decide whether to limit the "sharing economy" services in which people rent rooms directly from others through Internet bookings. A ballot measure would cap short-term housing rentals at 75 days a year and require Internet hosting companies such as San Francisco-based Airbnb to pull listings that violate the limit. Airbnb has poured millions of dollars into the opposition campaign. 

6. Houston – Gay rights

Houston voters are deciding whether to grant nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people. Opponents include a coalition of conservative pastors who contend it would infringe on their religious beliefs against homosexuality.

7. Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Charlotte, N.C. – Mayors

More than 300 cities will hold mayoral elections, including the nation’s fourth- and fifth-largest cities of Houston and Philadelphia. In Houston’s nonpartisan election, seven candidates are seeking to succeed term-limited Mayor Annise Parker.

In Philadelphia, Democratic nominee Jim Kenney E is the favorite to succeed term-limited Mayor Michael Nutter.

Other large cities holding mayoral elections include Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Charlotte, N.C. 

8. Virginia – Legislators

Three states have general legislative elections, though at least 10 others will hold special elections to fill vacant seats.

The biggest battle is for control of the Virginia Senate, where Republicans have a 21-19 advantage.

.A gain of one seat by Democrats could flip control because Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam would serve as the tiebreaker. 

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