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The University of Colorado Student Government elections, which began Monday, have exceeded the previous school record for voter turnout in just over two days. 

As of 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, 6,848 votes have been recorded, beating the previous record for voter turnout of 6,844 in the spring of 2006, according to Danielle Warly, CUSG election commissioner. Polls are open through Friday at 8 p.m. through the school’s information system, MyCUinfo. 

Warly attributes the largest voter turnout in CU history to a large pool of motivated candidates and strong student interest in the Recreation Center referendum. 

The referendum requires a voter turnout of about 7,500 students — fewer than 700 votes shy of the current turnout — to be passed. If passed, the referendum would increase student fees by about $125 per student per semester, beginning in the fall of 2013, allowing for a nearly $63 million renovation.

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