The four boxes of liberty is an idea that proposes: “There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo. Please use in that order.”Wikipedia; ‘Four boxes of liberty’
Voting certainly has an effect on your society, and is certainly a way to keep your leaders in check. On the other hand, it’s also used as a way to bully society, at least in the UK and USA (I’m not sure about, for example, countries like Germany which have more than two main parties).
Consider: Who did you vote for?
The winner? “Then it’s your fault.”
The loser? “Suck it up, you lost.”
A minor party? “You wasted your vote.”
Spoiled your ballot? *blank stare of non-comprehension*
Didn’t vote? “You lost the right to an opinion.”
Not allowed to vote? “Nobody cares what you think.”
I’m not sure what to think about that.
I’m glad of one thing though: to be in a place and time where I have never needed to seriously worry about people reaching for the ammo box. I hope I never have to worry about that.