Voting engages people with their government, increasing the likelihood that people share their concerns with their representatives and that representatives take these concerns into account when creating policy. Voting has also been shown to lead to more socially healthy communities and lower rates of unemployment.
Communities with high levels of voter participation experience the benefits of social connection between citizens and a climate of public accountability between government and people. Additionally, people who vote become more educated about the way their government works and better understand implications of policies on their lives.
Citizens who vote and become engaged in their local, state and federal government are more likely to contact their representatives about legislative issues and utilize public services and programs for their own benefit.