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The Latest: 3.7 percent Hong Kongers voted in 2 hours

Associated Press Associated Press 4/09/2016
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying talks to reporters after voting at a polling station for the legislative council election Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Polls opened in Hong Kong Sunday for the specially administered Chinese city's most crucial election since the handover from Britain in 1997. The vote for lawmakers in the Legislative Council is also the first since 2014 pro-democracy street protests rocked the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © The Associated Press Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying talks to reporters after voting at a polling station for the legislative council election Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Polls opened in Hong Kong Sunday for the specially administered Chinese city's most crucial election since the handover from Britain in 1997. The vote for lawmakers in the Legislative Council is also the first since 2014 pro-democracy street protests rocked the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG — The Latest on elections in Hong Kong (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Hong Kong's government says about 3.7 percent of 3.8 million registered voters turned out two hours after the polls opened.

The city's widely unpopular Beijing-backed leader, Leung Chun-ying, cast his ballot earlier Sunday and urged the public to turn out and vote.

At stake is the power to keep Leung and his government in check.

Pro-democracy lawmakers currently control 27 of 70 seats in the Legislative Council, compared with 43 held by lawmakers friendly to Beijing. The democrats are fighting to keep control of at least a third of the seats, which gives them veto power to block government attempts to enact unpopular legislation, such as Beijing's controversial election revamp that triggered the 2014 street protests.

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8:15 a.m.

Voting is underway in Hong Kong's legislative election, the first since 2014 pro-democracy street protests rocked the Asian financial hub.

At stake is the power to keep the city's pro-Beijing leader and his government in check.

The pro-democracy camp currently controls 27 of 70 seats, and must keep at least a third of the seats to retain veto power.

The election is set to test the unity of the pro-democracy camp as a new generation of radical activists who emerged after the protests compete with moderate mainstream parties to challenge formidable pro-Beijing rivals.

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