OLYMPIA (AP) — Voters in Washington were deciding the fate of two statewide initiatives and scores of local races Tuesday night. Here is the latest from the election:

8:54 p.m.

Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1366 has taken a lead in early election returns Tuesday night. The measure would decrease the 6.5-percent state sales tax to 5.5 percent unless the Legislature approves a constitutional amendment before April 15 that voters would weigh in on later next year.

Currently, taxes can be raised through a simple-majority vote of the Legislature.

The state Office of Financial Management has estimated that the measure would reduce revenue to the state budget by $8 billion through the middle of 2021, if its tax-cut element becomes law.

Previous voter-approved initiatives sponsored by I-1366 sponsor Eyman required a supermajority vote on taxes, but the state Supreme Court struck that requirement down in 2013, saying it was unconstitutional.

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8:47 p.m.

Washington voters passed a ballot measure that would outlaw sales of items ranging from lion skins to elephant ivory.

The first batch of election results Tuesday night showed Initiative 1401 with an overwhelming lead in early returns across the state. The measure would ban the purchase, sale and distribution of parts or products made from 10 endangered animals. They include lions, elephants, rhinos, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, pangolins, sharks and rays.

Offenders could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Critics have argued the measure will do little to help reduce poaching. But supporters say Washington can serve as a model for other states.

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8:30 p.m.

Washington voters are strongly supporting a ballot measure that would outlaw sales of items ranging from lion skins to elephant ivory.

The first batch of election results Tuesday night show Initiative 1401 with a strong lead in early returns across the state. The measure would ban the purchase, sale and distribution of parts or products made from 10 endangered animals. They include lions, elephants, rhinos, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, pangolins, sharks and rays.

Offenders could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Critics have argued the measure will do little to help reduce poaching. But supporters say Washington can serve as a model for other states.

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