I work in local government so I will always be biased and believe that the individual should pay more attention to local elections than federal as the decisions being made at the local level have a direct impact on your everyday existence. And living in Illinois, which has the most local units of government out of all 50 states (fun fact) there is a lot to pay attention to. That being said even I am more interested in the flash and jazz hands of those running for higher offices. It is hard to ignore televised debates and commercials even when all you have for television are basic channels on clear days when the TV antenna gets a signal.
And yes I have heard the arguments that voting for the individual is not a rational use of their time and apparently the only state that matters this year is Ohio. All that being said:
Regardless of who you are voting for and why, one of the great things about living in the US of A is that we have a voice. So use it. Don't just let government happen to you. Take action and be a part of it. At the very least do it for the sticker.
Did you early vote or mail in?
I am a big fan of mail in ballots because I am lazy but this year am going in person.