Record Number Of Voters Turned Out For Hong Kong's Local Election

A record 4.1 million people were registered to vote, and more than 2.8 million people had already cast their votes with an hour before polls closed.
Posted at 12:19 PM, Nov 24, 2019

More than 2.8 million people had cast votes by Sunday evening in Hong Kong's district elections.

A record 4.1 million people were registered to vote in the first election to be held after months of anti-government protests that began in June. Many see this election as a test of support for Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. 

The city has seen constant unrest since June as a result of a possible extradition bill.

While district elections are usually seen as less important, this election may be more critical. Many are hoping that lower-level representation will travel upward.

There are 117 district councilors who sit on the 1,200-member council that elects the city's chief executive. So, Sunday's results could have a slight impact on whether Carrie Lam is re-elected. Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said even if the votes don't go as far as protesters hope, it's the numbers that matter.

He said, "Whether or not [this election] makes a change, it is a reflection of the Hong Kong people's voice. We can use the vote to express our discontent and dissatisfaction with the current government and the police brutality."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.