SANTA FE – Official election returns show that only one in five eligible voters cast ballots in New Mexico’s primary election.
The state Canvassing Board on Tuesday certified statewide election returns from June 3 primary contests.
About 202,700 voters participated in the Democratic and Republican primaries for a turnout rate of 20 percent.
That’s down from about 258,600 voters or 28 percent turnout in 2010.
In the Democratic primary, about 22 percent of registered voters cast ballots – down from 24 percent in 2010.
About 18 percent of eligible Republicans voted compared with 34 percent four years when the party had a hotly contested gubernatorial primary race.
Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Garcia of Las Cruces filed a lawsuit Monday contesting returns in Dona Ana County that showed her losing by 16 votes.