- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The number of registered voters in New Mexico has increased nearly 3 percent since the start of the year as election officials process a final flurry of registration forms.

Tuesday was the cutoff date for voters to register ahead of New Mexico’s June 7 primaries featuring presidential, statewide and local candidates.

A preliminary tally released on Thursday by the Secretary of State’s Office shows about 32,700 additional registrations since Jan. 1. Republicans account for 31 percent of 1.2 million registered voters, and Democrats represent 47 percent.

There were 1,583 new registrations under a new law allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will turn 18 by the date of the fall general election.

Online registration is another novelty this year, allowing almost 37,000 to register or update registrations.

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