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South Korea Election: Early Voting Hits Record as Covid Surges

An early polling location for the presidential election inside Seoul Station on March 4.
An early polling location for the presidential election inside Seoul Station on March 4.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

South Korea’s two days of early voting drew record numbers even as the country battled its worst wave of coronavirus infections, with polling stations stepping up public health protections as people flocked to cast ballots.

More than 16 million people, accounting for almost 37% of the total electorate, took part in early voting that run through Saturday, according South Korea’s National Election Commission. The figure was 11 percentage points higher than the last election five years ago.