From the Morning Memo:

Voter turnout across New York was pretty soft Tuesday, though it was worse in some places than others.

New York City saw about 14 percent of eligible Democrats turn out for the mayoral primary. That’s embarrassingly low from a small-d democracy standpoint, particularly for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, though he easily defeated four challengers, but not historically low.

In Buffalo, meanwhile, the Erie County Democratic Party said one in four voters participating in the mayoral primary – about 25 percent turnout – was “pretty good.”

Of course it was an off-election cycle, with no state or federal races to drum up excitement and draw voters to the polls.

Still, the numbers were low enough to spark a spate of hand-wringing among good government groups, and even some elected officials – like Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan, a Democrat, who called for state lawmakers to finally move on reforms that would make voting easier and perhaps increase participation.

But don’t count Gov. Andrew Cuomo among those who are concerned about the downward turnout trend. Asked by reporters during a stop in Niagara Falls yesterday about the poor voter showing this past Tuesday, Cuomo didn’t seem terribly concerned.

“Some elections people turn out heavily, sometimes they turn out in less volume,” he said. “I just think that’s democracy.”

Cuomo said government has its limits, and one of them is its power to make people vote. He said he does believe the state can make it easier to register to vote, but didn’t offer specifics or opinions on any of the legislation addressing that issue that has been kicking around the Capitol for years.

“I believe government can make it easier to vote but if people aren’t motivated, they aren’t motivated,” Cuomo said.

“Sometimes there are tight competitive races, sometimes there aren’t and people say: Well, ya know, I’m busy; there’s no real race. Why should I show up?”