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Hong Kong Voters Widely Shun Election for Beijing-Approved Candidates

HONG KONG—Voters mostly shunned a citywide poll to select Beijing-approved candidates for the city’s legislature, dealing a blow to the government’s efforts to show it had popular support after a national-security crackdown that has crushed dissent in the city.

Turnout on Sunday was the lowest for a legislative election since the city’s return to China from British rule more than two decades ago. Just 30.2% of the city’s 4.5 million registered voters cast ballots, according to a provisional government tally. In 2016, the total turnout was 58.3%. The lowest post-handover turnout previously was 43.6% in 2000.

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