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Same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana (R-74 and I-502) stole the spotlight from other initiatives on the ballot. But here’s how the voters weighed in as of 8:29 p.m. Thursday.

Initiative 1240: After three previous times on the ballot and attracting millions of dollars from donors such as Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the initiative allows for up to eight charter schools a year for five years, for a total of 40. Washington voters on Tuesday kept it a tight race on whether or not to approve charter schools in the state.

The vote on I-1240 was 51 percent Yes and 49 percent No.  At 10:26 p.m. Thursday, the vote was 1,201,011 yes and 1,155,429votes no.

Initiative 1185: Tim Eyman’s initiative that would restate the two-thirds vote required for tax legislation was approved by voters.

The vote on I-1185 was 64 percent in support of the measure and 36 voted against it.

Senate Joint Resolution No. 8223 — Investments by the University of Washington and Washington State University: The proposed constitutional amendment would allow UW and WSU to invest public funds in private companies or stock.

The vote was rejected 56 percent to 44 percent.

Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8221 — Implementing Commission on State Debt recommendations: The proposed constitutional amendment would phase down the debt limit percent beginning July 1, 2014. The measure would limit the amount of money Washington state can borrow for construction projects.

The vote was passed 63 percent to 37 percent.

Advisory Vote No. 1: The legislature eliminated a business and occupation tax loophole that cost the state $170 million in 10 years. A vote to maintain the legislature’s decision is a vote to keep the loophole closed.

Residents voted to repeal the taxes 58 to 42 percent.

Advisory Vote No. 2: The legislature passed a bill to maintain fuel tank safety standards. A vote to maintain the legislature’s decision is a vote to continue enforcing the safety standards.

Residents voted to repeal the measure 56 percent to 44 percent.

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