FOUR YEARS AGO, voter turnout in Anne Arundel was abysmal. Of 184,094 registered voters, 41 percent turned out for the primary.
No one expects the figure to improve much tomorrow, reflecting the general apathy of the American electorate. Only about half of the people old enough to vote in the county bother to register in the first place.
A closer look at the 1994 turnout is even more disturbing: Only about 22 percent of young adults, ages 18 to 35, who were registered to vote did so. People older than 35 cast 86 percent of all votes in the last primary.