Didn't vote, didn't care, many say

March 04, 1992|By Elise Armacost | Elise Armacost,Staff Writer Staff writers Carol L. Bowers, Larry Carson, John A. Morris and Erik Nelson contributed to this article.

Excuses. You could buy them for a dime a dozen from citizens who, for one reason or another, chose not to vote yesterday.

From Harford County to Harundale, thousands of people eligible to vote stayed away from the polls, saying they were either too busy, too disillusioned, too confused or just plain didn't care.

"I've been voting 30 years and I haven't seen anything change, so I didn't see any point in wasting my time," said Dave Thompson, 59, a plumbing contractor.

While others headed to their local precinct after work, Mr. Thompson was at Sandwiches by George in Ellicott City, drinking a cup of coffee and reading the sports section.

At least Mr. Thompson is registered to vote -- he's a Republican. Many others said they didn't have enough faith or interest in the political process to bother registering.

"I haven't had time. It's just not convenient," said Tom Talbott, 19, of Cockeysville, who turned 18 a year and a half ago. "I do care [who is president] -- but not enough to register."

A young woman smoking in a stairwell of a Towson office building said she never registered to vote, to avoid being called for jury duty.

All over the Baltimore region, other non-voters registered their disgust with the slate of candidates, Republican and Democratic.

"There are no interesting candidates," said Bill Ward of Bel Air, who has never registered.

"Maybe if [David] Duke had run, I would have made sure I voted against him, but other than that it's six of one, half a dozen of the other."

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