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UPDATE, 12:03 a.m.: St. Louis County voters overwhelmingly passed a sales tax hike to fund the St. Louis Zoo.

With all votes counted, 61 percent of voters approved the one-eighth of 1 percent tax increase that will help the zoo turn a swath of land in north St. Louis County into a safari and wildlife adventure park, as well as a breeding facility.

County residents will get free admission to the new park, but others will have to pay an entrance fee.

County voters also narrowly approved a proposal requiring Hollywood Casino and River City Casino to  make at least 50 percent of their gaming floors smoke-free, with 50.8 percent of voters voting yes.

St. Charles County voters approved a countywide smoking ban with exemptions by 70-to-30 margin.

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: St. Charles County appears as though it will enact a countywide smoking ban with exemptions. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, nearly 70 percent of voters back the proposition that also would require Ameristar Casino in St. Charles to make at least 50 percent of its gaming floors smoke-free.

Steve Ehlmann also is on track to win the County Executive race, with 62 percent of the vote and 96 percent of precincts reporting.

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: Donna Jones and Joyce Roberts won seats on the St. Louis School Board, with all of the votes in St. Louis City counted. All eight circuit judges up for retention remained on the bench.

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: With nearly 90 percent of precincts counted, St. Louis County voters appear poised to enact a sales tax hike to send revenue to the St. Louis Zoo.

The measure that would add one-eighth of a cent to the sales tax has support from 60.8 percent of voters. The money would also go toward developing a new public attraction, such as a safari park. County residents would get free admission to the new facility, but others would be charged.

A proposition which would require Hollywood Casino and River City Casino to  make at least 50 percent of their gaming floors smoke-free has 51 percent of the vote.

UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: A countywide indoor smoking ban in St. Charles County has 69.3 percent of the vote with more than 83 percent of the county's precincts reporting.

Elsewhere in the county, with at least 80 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Steve Ehlmann leads Lorna Frahm by a 61 to 39 margin for County Executive. Republican Mike Elam also holds a 63-37 lead for the District 3 seat on the county council.

UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: In St. Charles County, with 68 percent of precincts reporting, the smoking ban has 69 percent support.

In St. Louis County, Proposition F — which requires Hollywood Casino and River City Casino to make at least 50 percent of their gaming floors smoke-free — had about 51 percent support with 47 percent of precincts reporting. The current countywide smoking ban exempts casinos altogether.

Also in St. Louis County, 55.7 percent of voters back a charter commission to review possible changes to the county charter.

UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: With just less than half the precincts reporting, almost 69 percent of St. Charles County voters back a countywide indoor smoking ban with exemptions. The measure also would require Ameristar Casino in St. Charles to make at least 50 percent of its gaming floors smoke-free.

UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: A sales-tax hike to boost revenue for the St. Louis Zoo and potentially develop a new public facility has strong support from St. Louis County voters with about half the precincts reporting.

The one-eighth-cent tax increase has 60.6 percent of the vote. County residents would get free admission to the new facility, but others would be charged.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: All Jefferson County results are in. Republican candidates won all three county council seats up for grabs, as well as the county executive, auditor, circuit court clerk, county clerk and prosecuting attorney races.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Republicans Phil Hendrickson and Tracey Perry have won seats on the Jefferson County Council, according to county results. Hendrickson beat Krystal Hargis for the District 3 seat with 53.7 percent of the vote. Perry topped Dan Darian in District 5 with 60.8 percent.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: In early returns, St. Louis County voters back a sales tax hike to boost revenue for the St. Louis Zoo by a 60-40 margin, with 12 percent of precincts reporting.

If the measure passes, the county would enact a one-eighth cent sales tax increase to provide money to the zoo, in part to develop a new public attraction, such as a safari park. County residents would get free admission to the new facility, but others would be charged.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: In Jefferson County, Republican Dennis Gannon had a solid lead over Democrat Jeff Roorda in the race for county executive with nearly half of the precincts reporting. Gannon, a former member of the county Port Authority, had a 61-39 percent edge over Roorda, a former state legislator, in partial returns. GOP incumbent Ken Waller did not seek another term and instead ran for county clerk.

Meanwhile, in St. Charles County, GOP County Executive Steve Ehlmann was leading Democratic challenger Lorna Frahm with about 11 percent of precincts reporting. Ehlmann had nearly two-thirds of the vote counted so far in that race. Also in St. Charles County, state Rep. Kurt Bahr, a Republican, was leading Democrat John Callahan in the race to succeed retiring GOP Elections Director Rich Chrismer. Bahr had about 60 percent of the vote in partial returns. 

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: With 10.7 precincts reporting, changing indoor smoking rules in St. Charles County had 66 percent support in votes counted.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Changes in indoor smoking rules were passing in early returns Tuesday from St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

With absentee returns in from across St. Louis County, Proposition F — which requires Hollywood Casino and River City Casino to make at least 50 percent of their gaming floors smoke-free — had about 53 percent support to about 47 percent against. The current countywide smoking ban exempts casinos altogether.

In St. Charles County, a countywide indoor smoking ban with exemptions for bars prohibiting people under age 21 was passing by a 2-to-1 ratio with about 3 percent of the precincts reporting. The measure also would require Ameristar Casino in St. Charles to make at least 50 percent of its gaming floors smoke-free. The proposition also has various other exemptions, including for veterans' organizations and cigar bars.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: In absentee voting, the proposition to add a one-eighth cent sales tax to raise revenue for the St. Louis Zoo was running close to even, with 56 percent favoring the tax.

ORIGINAL STORY: After months of campaigns ads of all types, voters in and around St. Louis had their say on a wide array of local issues on the ballot.

Area voters faced choices on several hotly contested topics, including whether to ban smoking in some public areas in St. Charles County, whether to raise sales taxes to provide money for the St. Louis Zoo, and even whether to make changes to the St. Louis County charter.

Check back frequently for updates from local races.

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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