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Low voter turnout in NY primaries prompts call for reforms

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Good-government groups are urging New York lawmakers to open the state’s primary elections after less than 25% of eligible voters participated last week.

Only 15% of voters turned out for 44 primary contests, according to state Board of Elections data. New York’s closed primaries exclude about 3.4 million voters who aren’t registered with a political party.

Advocates criticized the low turnout and called for reforms. Proposed changes include opening primaries to all voters, reducing signature requirements for candidates, and implementing ranked-choice voting.