Thanks for the responses, everyone. This is a question which raises a family debate every time we have an election, whether it is is municipal, provincial, or federal (I am Canadian). My son, who is a first-year Poli Sci major, and my husband both prefer to abstain from voting when they don't like any of the candidates. I always vote, even when I feel that I am being forced to choose the candidate that is the least dishonest and unqualified. While I feel that voting is a duty in a democratic society, I also (grudgingly) acknowledge that BECAUSE we live in a democratic society that values free speech, everyone has the right to complain about elected officials.