- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state attorney general opened an investigation Wednesday into New York City’s Board of Elections and complaints about Tuesday’s primaries mainly from would-be voters who were turned away.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office received more than 1,000 complaints.

“By most accounts, voters cast their ballots smoothly and successfully,” Schneiderman said. “However, I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities, both in public reports and direct complaints to my office’s voter hotline.”

By Tuesday afternoon, the attorney general’s office had said the most common complaint came from people who tried to vote but were told they were unregistered. Others complained they were told they weren’t registered with a particular political party and couldn’t vote in the primary of their choice.

The board did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Schneiderman said his office will start inquiries if necessary in other areas where irregularities appeared to be unusually high. A spokesman said complaints came from across the state, though he didn’t know how many came from the city.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in New York by wide margins.

Clinton had 1,044,367 votes, or 58 percent, in the Democratic race compared with 752,787, or 42 percent, for Bernie Sanders statewide, according to the state Board of Elections.

In the Republican primary, the state board’s unofficial results showed Trump with 515,291 votes, or 60 percent, followed by John Kasich with 214,327 votes, or 25 percent and Ted Cruz with 124,305 votes, or nearly 15 percent.

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