That said, I still don't see how your vote, my vote or the guy's from Maine vote is going to influence anything this year. Are you saying that your participation is anything other than symbolic? I mean, it may well fulfill a sense of civic duty you have within yourself, and that's fine if that's your motivation, but are you contending that it will have any effect whatsoever in the Electoral College vote?
And man, it sure never crossed my mind that you're an elitist of any description. Anyone who would suggest such a thing because you are successful, or because you are motivated in your politics by self-interests, or because you want to protect whatever good and prosperous life you've built for yourself is no better than Marx, Stalin, Mao or Obama! While I've had periods of success in my life, overall it's been quite the struggle just to break even, but I recognize whose fault that is. I look at the person whose fault that is every morning when I comb my hair in the mirror. The only thing I've ever found myself being envious of are people whose faith is so strong and deep that they never worry about what life will bring. I am envious of the comfort and peace those kinds of Believers have within themselves, but I have never wasted a moment being jealous or envious of people who have simply done a better job of earning money or acquiring stuff than I have. Seriously, I earnestly congratulate you for any success you've had in life.
Still, your vote won't count this year! LOL Sorry, couldn't resist. Have a good'un.......
ETA: Somehow when I hit "Reply" I hadn't seen your third paragraph, so my second paragraph looks like I'm hammerin' you for something you've already answered. Sorry 'bout that. Not sure how I missed that, but obviously I did.