In Unofficial Vote, Venezuelans Overwhelmingly Reject Constitutional Rewrite

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Just two weeks before an election to decide the delegates who will rewrite Venezuela's national constitution, opposition activists held a symbolic vote of their own on Sunday. In the nonbinding referendum, roughly 98 percent of voters rejected President Nicolas Maduro's plan to replace the constitution. More than 7 million Venezuelans voted in the referendum, according to the local university administrators tasked with overseeing the vote. NPR's Philip Reeves notes that number — which includes nearly 700,000 expatriates who voted overseas — constitutes about a third of Venezuela's registered voters. "It's a way to show how many people are actually against the government, and to give support to people that are actually doing the protests and have...

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