Here is Alford with the predictable mix of "people are too dumb to vote" with "we have too many elections."
But when elections are covered in a way that encourages people to think they don't matter, I guess that's bound to happen.
Elections matter. They matter because they are the mechanism by which democracy countermands the coagulating effect of concentrated money on the social establishment. They're the most direct means by which elites are accountable to the people they regularly treat as disposable. The press does a pretty good job reporting facts. They do a terrible job of explaining why you should care.
With that in mind, take a look at the latest edition of the "Anti-bullshit voting guide" compiled by Arielle Schecter. It's kind of depressing in that it tells you how far removed many candidates are from the concerns of the greatest majority of people in this state (us poor folk.. hello, there.) But it also is a clear assertion that those people and their right to vote matters.