This article was written in 2012 yet really emphasis the importance of voting. With the political climate as it is we cannot afford not to vote.
Please take a read starting with this excerpt:
It is not limited to just presidential races. Ballots include initiatives, amendments and smaller statewide political races. All of these affect our lives on a daily basis, and we have the most say in the smaller races. Many do not feel their voice is heard when they cast their vote, but they do not realize that their voice is heard even in the smallest ways.