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Are voter registration rules like New York’s suppressing votes?




Pens, buttons and registration forms lie on a table during a voter registration drive sponsored by The Partnership for the Homeless in New York City.
Pens, buttons and registration forms lie on a table during a voter registration drive sponsored by The Partnership for the Homeless in New York City.
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Ivanka and Eric Trump opined on the  challenges of registering to vote in primary elections last week after reports revealed both had missed the October 2015 deadline for New York registered Independents to register for a crossover vote in today’s open Republican Primary.

But after their complaints became the butt of late night talk shows, some pundits and voter rights groups are coming forward to argue that the arcane voting rules in some states like New York are tantamount to voter suppression and disenfranchisement.

Moreover, a federal court in New York City is scheduled today to hear an emergency class-action lawsuit that was filed against the state's Board of Elections alleging that thousands of New Yorkers will be heading to the polls only to discover they can't vote.

With many more Californians registering as Independents, how can they take part in the June primary? Are many thinking of re-registering with a party? We review the primary rules you need to know from New York to California.

Guests:

Nate Persily, Professor of Law, Stanford University specializing in voting law

Lonna Rae Atkeson, Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico; Director for the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy, University of New Mexico; Rae has been monitoring elections in various states this cycle, including Washington this coming Saturday

Mary Plummer, Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC