Voting

The outcome of national elections are out of an individual’s control.  Representing such a minuscule fraction of the voting populous and being an insignificant factor in the election itself, is it beneficial for an individual to vote?  The opportunity cost of being politically informed and going to the ballot box is rather high (at least for me), and unless an individual receives utility from the action itself then it seems like a waste of time to participate in the voting process at the federal level (local government being a separate issue).  Are we doing a disservice by encouraging people to vote who are not political informed and do not currently vote, given that the utility derived from voting is subjective and the voting itself has no influence on the process?

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