Early exit polls Sunday of 59,000 referendum voters indicate 93 percent in the Autonomous Region of Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
Voters at 150 polling sites across Crimea and 50 within Sevastopol, a city with a separate administrative status, were asked on ballots printed in Ukrainian, Russia and Tatar whether to secede and request Russian annexation, or remain part of Ukraine, with expanded autonomy, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti said.
The Voice of Russia reported lines of voters showed up before polls opened at 8 a.m., local time, including Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Askyonov.
The official tally was expected to be released Monday.
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