Voters authorized 70% of the tax-exempt bonds on ballots across the country yesterday, as approval for a handful of giant issues offset the rejection of dozens of smaller proposals by a generally dissatisfied electorate.

In the biggest off-year Election Day slate of bond proposals on record, votes cast ballots on 290 bond proposals worth $7.77 billion, and approved 139 issues totaling $5.45 billion, or 70%.

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