In 2010, New York State voter turnot was among the lowest in the nation. Some suggest that this is partly to blame on the fact that 26% of our voters are unable to participate in the Democratic or Republican primary process. The New York State Constitution empowers the legislature to make laws relating to the election of candidates for parties.
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11 states have open primaries for elections: AL, AR, GA, HI, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, VT, WI
11 states have closed primaries for elections: DE, FL, KS, KY, ME, NJ, NM, NV, NY, PA, WY
4 states have a "top two" primary system: CA, LA, NE, WA
24 states use a "hybrid" primary election system: AK, AZ, CO, CT, IA, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, MS, NC, NH, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV