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2A- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 7, 1996
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Election turnout lowest since 1924

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WASHINGTON (AP) - More than
half America's eligible voters stayed
home on Election Day, producing the
lowest turnout since 1924 when Calvin
Coolidge's campaign didn't excite the
electorate either. Chief among the rea-
sons cited by experts was President
Clinton's near-certain victory.
The final figures weren't in yester-
day, the day after the election, but

Curtis Gans, director of the Committee
for Study of the American Electorate,
said he expects Tuesday's turnout to be
48.8 percent of eligible voters. That
compares with 55 percent in 1992.
In all, 95.8 million people will have
voted, he said, out of 196.5 million who
were eligible.
The 1924 turnout that elected the tac-
iturn Coolidge was 50.1 percent.

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Some of the people who did vote
indicated they held their noses while
doing it.
Gilbert Finger of Grosse Pointe Park,
said he decided to vote "because I have
no right to gripe if I don't." He chose
Clinton, but said, "It's almost like I'm
voting for the lesser of two evils."
Gans said the attack advertising one
or two hours a day "gives people a
choice between bad and awful, worse
and worse, and creates a pall across the
system."
Robert Shapiro, a political science
professor at Columbia University, said
Clinton's lead in the polls held down the
turnout.
"The presidential election was essen-
tially a done deal," he said.
Shapiro says voters in 1992 were
upset about the state of the economy
and wanted to vote against George
Bush. And Ross Perot's presence in the
race stirred voter interest.
Paradoxically, Perot probably had

something to do with people staying
away on Tuesday, Shapiro said.
"This go-round, voters were turned
off by him," he added. "He laid the
groundwork for a third party, but I think
that Perot was perceived as tired, worn
and less effective."
West Virginians voted in far larger
percentages than the national average,
but the turnout, at just under 64 percent,
fell below expectations.
It was "M&M politics," said West
Virginia Secretary of State Ken
Hechler, who had predicted 75 percent.
"If you look at M&Ms, they're all dif-
ferent colors on the outside. And when
you bite into them, they're all similar on
the inside."
Politics has become dependent on
mud and money, said Hechler, who
served in Harry Truman's White
House. "All too frequently, the vot-
ers look at this and they throw up
their hands, and say what's the use in
voting."

Three convicted in militia bomb case
MACON, Ga. - Three self-styled militia members were convicted of conspir
acy yesterday for stockpiling pipe bombs to use at the Summer Olympics and it
terrorist attacks on the federal government.
Militia leader Robert Starr III and members Troy Spain and Jimmy McCrit
also were found guilty of possessing an unregistered destructive device. They W
up to almost 22 years in prison on the charges.
The three were arrested in April and accused of conspiring to use pipe boibs of
roads, vehicles, bridges, power lines and federal law enforcement officials.
Prosecutors said Spain hatched a plan for financing their "war" against the gov
ernment by robbing armories and drug dealers.
Kevin Barker, a government informant and prosecution witness, testified that whilt
discussing plans for a special operations team to rob drug dealers, Spain said he hope<
they'd make enough money to quit work and train full time for Olympic terrorism.
The team members planned to use remote control devices or gunfire to detonate
lunch boxes filled with explosives, Barker testified.
Defense attorneys argued that the three did nothing but talk about making b:
and were lured into the conspiracy by government informants.
Starr and McCranie were arrested when federal agents found buried explosive
on Starr's property. Spain, 28, of Warner Robins, turned himself in in May.

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effective Pap smear
WASHINGTON -A Massachusetts
firm won Food and Drug
Administration permission yesterday to
advertise that it has developed the first
improved Pap smear in 50 years.
The ThinPrep test by Cytyc Corp. is
a new way to prepare Pap smears so
that this vital test for cervical cancer
isn't marred by a smudged laboratory
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Pap smears can detect abnormal cells
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With ThinPrep, doctors don't pre-
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cantly more effective than standarcd
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test directly to doctors in an effort t
make ThinPrep the new standard o
care.
Trawling produces
Fight 800 wreck
SMITHTOWN, N.Y. - Scallo
trawling already has produced n
dreds of pounds of more wrec
from TWA Flight 800, encouragin
investigators who are counting on find
ing key parts of the plane.
"We're very surprised at the amou
we're bringing up and we're obviousl
very happy about it," Shelly Hazle,
National Transportation Safety Boar
spokesperson, said yesterday.
A boatload that was brought up yeste
day included metal beams and one q
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reclains powers
MOSCOW - A day after his quintu-
ple heart bypass, Boris Yeltsin reassert-
ed his tenacious grip on power and
demanded a report yesterday on what
went on while he was unconscious.
He nagged doctors to move him out
of the Moscow Cardiological Clinic to
cozier surroundings.
"I think he's out of the woods;"
American heart surgeon Michael
DeBakey said after seeing Yeltsin.
"He couldn't have carried on much
longer" without the surgery and cer-
tainly couldn't have served out the sec-
ond four-year term he fought for so
fiercely this summer, DeBakey said.
When DeBakey first examined
Yeltsin in September, "he was incapac-
itated, considerably incapacitated," and
his heart was working at only 20 per-
cent. After Tuesday's seven-hour opera-
tion, "I'd expect for him to carry out his
term perfectly normally."
Yeltsin's wife told Russia's Public

Television that her husband was exper
encing some post-surgical pain, but wa
in much better shape when she vi
him yesterday.
Pars police close
Hard* Rock Cafe
PARIS - Authorities shut downrth
Hard Rock Cafe in Paris yesterday afte
accusing the popular tourist spot of serv
ing British beef, which has been bannei
because of mad cow disease.
In a written statement, the come
confirmed the closure but said it. hai
proved to authorities that the 660 pound
of beef were from Ireland and therefor
unaffected by the prohibition. It said th
beef merely passed through Britain..
The Paris police departmen
acknowledged the beef was of Irish on
gin, but said the Agriculture Ministr;
nonetheless judged the meat to b
"illicit" and closed the restaurant fort1
days. Police did not elaborate.
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