Voting is a joke.
I am a liberal living in a red state in a very republican suburb. My vote is about as useful as a cheese sandwich to a drowning ferret. My local elections rarely have democrats on the ballot, never mind in the running. My congressmen and senators are always conservative war-mongering homophobes, be they R or D. The only race where I might help a Democrat win this year is the Governor race, where we have a shot at re-installing a conservative white male Democrat from seven years ago, Roy Barnes.
Four things in particular suck vigorously:
Private campaign funding throws the system out of balance, and Citizens United made it worse. The filibuster and "hold" rules have allowed a coup d'etat in the Senate, subverting majority rule. The lack of a free press means the electorate is not fairly and fully informed. Gerrymandering makes a mockery of fair campaigns.
Support public campaign finance for federal elections. It won't raise taxes much and we could stop sending money in to candidates. Give them each the same amount of money and may the best woman or man win. No more dipshit billionaires buying their way into office.
The Senate must repeal the filibuster rule next session. The way it is being used right now subverts the Constitution, which calls for legislation to be passed by a majority vote of the senate with the VP breaking a tie. The filibuster rule is not law - it is a procedural rule imposed by the Senate upon itself. Democrats will have to live without it as well, but so be it. There is an idea floating around of amending the rule to requires 60, then 55, then 51 votes for cloture. That's better than nothing, but it still slows down the process.
Revive the equal time rule. Reagan did away with it and created conservative talk radio and Fox News. Faux News is out of control. They now have republican candidates on their payroll as commentators and are donating millions to the republican party. It's time to institutionalize broadcast media news again as an important instrument of democratic electoral process.
Redistricting must be reformed in an unbiased manner. I'm not sure how you accomplish that, but as it stands, it is a fraud. Districts are drawn to be statistically certain to vote one way or another, subverting the voting rights of people in opposition in those districts.
The right to vote in a meaningful fair election is the most important of our civil rights. Our revolution against the British Empire was about voting rights; blacks and women fought hard to get in on it. It is fundamental to self-rule.
My favorite reform is instant runoff voting, where you get to pick your first, second and third choice of candidates. It creates an instant runoff because if your first choice doesn't get enough votes to be in the runoff, they count your second choice. If they had used hits method in Florida in 2000, all of the Nader votes would have gone to Gore and he would have won easily.
There's another reform that lets you vote "NONE OF THE ABOVE," and if nobody gets enough votes they have to find new candidates and hold another election. Love it.
Something needs to be done. I should not feel like voting is a waste of time. I should feel like my vote counts. We all should.