Low Turnout Expected in New Mexico Primary

Jun 4, 2014

PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) — Voting traffic at the polls for the New Mexico primary is reportedly slow as officials predict a low turnout.

A precinct judge at the Placitas Volunteer Fire Station voting site in Placitas said only four voters cast ballots during the first hour and a half of voting Tuesday.

Andrew Winsor, a presiding judge at the La Cueva High School voting site in Albuquerque, said 45 people had voted in the first two hours. He was hoping for at least 400 people voting by the end of the day.

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Only Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote in New Mexico's primary election system. About 28 percent of Democrats and Republicans turned out to vote four years ago when New Mexico last cast ballots for governor.