The wasted vote is the one you don't cast. That's the cost of staying home and not voting.
If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about politics. Even if you write in a vote for Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse; you voted.
I plan to vote for Bernie. If Hillary wins the Dem nomination, I still plan to vote for Bernie. Why? Presidential elections are not won by popular vote. The presidential vote you cast is for a member of the electoral college member, not the candidate. I don't live in a swing State. I don't live in a State that has a chance of moving from Red to Blue. If all the Red States voted 99% for Pubs, and all the Blue States voted 51% for Dems, and the swing States voted 50.1% Dem, the election would be won by a minority popular vote. It's the way our Presidential elections are set up.
So, is it time to give up? Hardly. There are local races, education races, City races, County races, State races, legislation races, Congressional House and Senate races, Governor races, and all these little/big races form the government of the future.
Primaries of voting force has already bared fruit. Two AGs have lost their bid over controversial police actions in IL and OH, thanks to large turnouts of voters in each State.
Last Tuesday, Maricopa County recorder Helen Purcell was solely responsible for the voting fiasco in AZ, yet she plans to be re-elected in Nov. If you say home bc of a poor choice of Pub/Dem presidential choice, will you also allow her to continue a poor job performance?
Yes, your vote counts, whether to keep keep existing seats active, or voting for change.
YOUR vote makes the difference.