Municipal votes test for Chile’s national parties

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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2012 photo, protesters march to demand education reform in Santiago, Chile. After more than a year of mass protests over education and environmental policies that mobilized millions of people but left many activists feeling frustrated and ignored by the political establishment, municipal elections on Oct. 28, 2012 provides a chance for 5.3 million new voters, more than half of whom are under 30, to be heard. Sunday’s election is the first since Chile expanded its electorate from 8.1 million to 13.4 million people. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)Millions of Chileans are voting Sunday for the first time in their lives in nationwide municipal elections that could set the stage for next year's presidential race. USA, LLC