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Janai Nelson Discusses Low NYC Voter Turnout on All Things Considered with Jami Floyd

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Why Voter Turnout Is So Low in New York's Primaries

Janai Nelson, the [Associate Director-Counsel] of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said holding federal and state primaries on different days and having closed primary elections are among the factors that contribute to low voter turnout in New York.

But she's also optimistic there's a solution.

"It really is up to the voters to make the political will bend in our favor, and to ensure that there is accountability by elected officials by turning out as best we can...and demanding not only action on the substantive issues that we care about, but also on voting reform," Nelson said