Like the saying goes: If you don't vote, you can't b*tch.
I disagree with this premise almost as much as the "all that matters is participating" idea. It ridiculous to say if you don't vote you can't be a critic of government. I'd be more apt to argue that if you only vote, you can't complain. Voting is extremely overrated. That being said, it's still important, and I wish more people would vote, based on research.
Pacman wrote:Congrats on registering... Now please, vote every year, even if it's only muicipal, city/town or state offices. It's just important to be part of the election process for local offices/issues as it is for Senator or President... maybe even more so, as those folks (mayors, city councellors, etc.), can have a more direct impact on your life than the bigwigs in DC can.
This I agree with. Many people literally don't know the name of the person who represents them at the city, county, or state level, let alone what they stand for. Voting for national offices is all well and good, but local and regional officials have more impact on your day-to-day life, and are generally more receptive to inquiries, complaints, etc.