According to Bob Black, you are more likely to die on the way to the polls than to actually make a difference in the outcome of the election. This is perhaps especially evident after the 2000 US presidential elections. Voting is frequently a placebo, something engaged in by people who claim to care about politics but aren't interested enough to become involved in activism.

Anarchists frequently tout voting as an activity that merely justifies and affirms the system, without effecting any real change in it.

Interestingly, the US government does not actually want to increase voter turnout, propaganda to the contrary: They theorize that low voter turnout ensures that relatively little change takes place, thus making it simpler for their hegemony to stay in place.