People vote in a polling station for an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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More than half a million Hong Kongers have cast ballot, including tens of thousands on Sunday, in the first three days of voting in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform that Beijing has blasted as a farce.Tensions have soared in Hong Kong over how much say residents of the former British colony can have in choosing their next leader, who's currently hand-picked by a 1,200-member committee of mostly pro-Beijing elites.About 26,500 people cast ballots at 15 polling stations, which organizers were operating on two successive Sundays.Hong Kong's current leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has also said the three options don't comply with the law.
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