George Carlin on why he doesn't vote
economic analysis of why voting is a waste of time http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/magazine/06freak.html?page...
"A rational individual should abstain from voting." -I'm beginning to agree. It's almost like growing up in a religious household. When you are told how important voting is your whole life by your parents, you watch them work at polling stations, put up signs in their yard etc.
I live in a vote by mail state, you can go to a poll if you registered late or moved and your ballot didn't come, but almost everyone votes by mail. We get pamphlets in which any interested party can give their two cents about the merits of a ballot initiative and candidates get to say a bit about their position. It is very easy to vote here, so I do. I think I would sometimes vote even if I didn't have vote by mail, even while I know that my vote doesn't count.