As Baltimore gears up for another citywide election, Barbara E. Jackson ponders voter apathy.
Jackson, administrator of the city Board of Elections Supervisors, has watched the number of registered voters dwindle over the last few years. She's even had fewer requests from organizations who need her staff's expertise in running voter-registration drives.
"It's demoralizing," Jackson said.
In June 1987 -- three months before the last citywide election -- there were 386,627 registered voters.
As of this month, the figure had dropped to 321,309 -- a decline of 65,318 voters.
Much of the decline is attributed to a January 1990 purge, when 57,837 voters were purged from voter registration rolls because they had failed to vote in five years, Jackson said.