With Polls Closed, Greece Projects a 'No'
Results in closely divided country indicate 60% voted against bailout terms
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2015 11:28 AM CDT
Updated Jul 5, 2015 1:13 PM CDT
Bathers play rackets on the beach during Greece's referendum day in southern Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015, presumably after voting.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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(Newser) – The birthplace of democracy is projecting that one of the most important and divisive referendums it has faced in its history will result in a rejection of creditors' term, reports the AP. With about one in four votes tallied, Greece's interior ministry projected that some 60% of voters had voted against the bailout measure. Polls closed in the nation of 11 million at noon Eastern, and results on whether to accept creditors' bailout deal—or reject it and likely exit the EU—are expected soon.

"Turnout was not reported to be especially heavy," notes the Washington Post, though it was supposed to meet the 40% minimum required to validate the vote. Three opinion polls were carried out during the referendum, notes the AP, and they seemed to also indicate that the closely divided nation would vote no.