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The protesters demanded, and were granted, a free election by secret ballot for the village leadership—a rarity in China. The Economist, "China says Hong Kong’s protesters have the mainland in their sights," 12 Sep. 2019 In a 25-102 vote by secret ballot, this measure was defeated. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Proposal to open up rhino horn trade rejected," 25 Aug. 2019 His biggest change was opening up the vote to the entire FIFA membership and making their choices public, as opposed to the old system of 22 Executive Committee members casting secret ballots. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "North America to Host 2026 World Cup," 13 June 2018 Here's a look at how the contest will unfold: THURSDAY, JUNE 13: The 313 Conservative lawmakers vote by secret ballot in the first elimination round. Fox News, "How Britain's Conservatives will choose their next leader," 13 June 2019 Britain’s Conservative Party is holding the first round of knockout voting in the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May. The 313 Conservative lawmakers will vote Thursday by secret ballot. Washington Post, "UK Conservatives set to narrow field in leadership campaign," 13 June 2019 Republicans are quicker than Democrats: Republicans cast secret ballot votes on paper for their preferred nominee. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How Is a Caucus Different From a Primary? Your Definitive Guide," 28 Feb. 2019 The nine heads of the royal families take part in what is known as the Conference of Rulers and every five years elect one among themselves to be Malaysia’s king through a secret ballot. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king," 23 Jan. 2019 The result of the secret ballot is expected at about 4 p.m. ET. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Theresa May to Face No-Confidence Vote Amid Brexit Disarray," 12 Dec. 2018

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