Many around the ‘sphere choose not to vote as it just encourages the bastards. Others abstain for religious reasons. A few of us still vote. Regardless of whether or not we participate, it seems these arguments focus upon federal elections–president and congress– and seldom include discussions of school boards, zoning, and millage. While it is true that one vote generally doesn’t matter at the national level, one vote can matter locally. Tax increases, local officials (who wield more power than you realize), liquor sales laws and a variety of other decisions arise from the local level. These decisions directly affect you as a resident of those areas.
For those who abstain from federal elections, do you also abstain from local ones? Regardless of answer, why?