I definitely understand where the people on the right are coming from. With some of the caucuses being decided by a coin flip, districts being drawn in such a way that certain voters (mainly nonwhite and not wealthy) have less weight in the elections than others, AND the electoral college still in place so if you live in a state where your vote is in the minority it feels very much like it doesn't count.... yeah. I get it. Our system is broken. Very, very, very broken. But choosing not to vote doesn't mean you're choosing not to participate, it means you're ceding a small piece of power that you still have over how the system works. Especially in local elections- the closer to home, the more power you have to make a difference. And more often than not the local politicians rise up. I for one want to make sure that those people are ones I can be proud of.