THE VOTERS: WILL 70 MILLION SIT IT OUT?

Many forecasters are talking about an exceptionally low voter turnout, despite a razor-close race for the presidency that normally would draw more people to the polls. Why? TIME National Political Correspondent Robert Ajemian sent this report:

Field Coordinator Nick Nicholson was ready for trouble as he turned briskly into the Jimmy Carter storefront office in downtown Indianapolis last week. For months he had traveled around the country trying to sign up voters. It had been discouraging: only a few volunteers ever showed up, and there was rarely enough money for buttons and...