We often hear commercials that proclaim that a responsible person votes. Its their civic duty. The youth today are constantly bombarded with the message that they need to vote. But is it really your civic duty to vote? by voting you are conveying legitimacy to the political/legal order according to the classic model of democracy the US is based on (locke). If this order is currently corrupt/problematic REGARDLESS of who gets voted in, then you vote in effect legitimizes the system. You may have a duty to NOT vote. Not voting is a political act. It represents either a lack of beleif in the system as a whole, with the rampant corruption that the party system entails. Or it represents citizens that have not been educated justly by society. They have no reason to vote, they dont understand its significance. By not voting you are displaying your political will by disagreeing with te current system. If enough people do not vote, then the political order loses its democratic legitimacy - things HAVE to change at this point. Not voting could be the best thing for democracy. Today much of hte "get out to vote" message is done through tv ads, etc. But a proper democratic system would not get people out voting through commercials and propaganda. It would flow naturally from having a system that includes people where they are politically educated & enfranchised into the poltical order. Votes that stem from propaganda are not good votes - they don't reflect democracy in the classical sense upon which every democracy is founded. Rather, they reflect those in power having the ability to beam their one-way political discourse to the masses by having much wealth. Increased voting of this form does not reflect democracy - but olygarchy, where the wealthy dominate the political order. As a citizen, your duty may oblige yout to not just NOT vote, but also to explain to others why not to voite as well.