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Low turnout expected in primary

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By Associated Press

Low turnout expected in New Mexico primary

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

Only four voters cast ballots during the first hour and a half of voting at the Placitas Volunteer Fire Station voting site in Placitas, according to the site's precinct judge.

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. "We're hoping for at least 400 people voting by the end of the day," Winsor said. "But we will see."

Meanwhile, in northern New Mexico, the Santa Fe County Clerk's office reported a couple of problems late morning. At Ramirez Thomas Elementary School, for example, voters in precinct 37 discovered that the machines would not accept Democratic ballots for a while. The problem was fixed by midmorning, county clerk Geraldine Salazar told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/Xmp6Vz).

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.

Santa Fe resident Robert Moses didn't need a reason to vote. The 86-year-old, who is legally blind and uses a wheelchair, had an ambulance pick him up from his voting site at Chaparral Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

"This is a democracy, and a lot of countries don't permit the same voting rights," he said. "It's time for people to wake up."