Poll on Democracy Draws Big Turnout in Hong Kong

Michael Forsythe, Chris Buckley | June 22 2014 | New York Times

HONG KONG — Participation in an informal poll to gauge Hong Kong’s desire for democracy is exceeding expectations, helped on Sunday by hundreds of volunteers who are reaching potential voters in subway stations and shopping malls, bringing American-style retail politics to one small corner of the People’s Republic of China.

Three days into a 10-day voting period, more than 689,000 ballots had been cast, equal to almost one-fifth of the number of registered votersin Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

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