But this is the fourth election in which I've been living in a marginal constituency, and it really does make a difference knowing that your vote can affect the result.
The fact that the result could go either way not only provides a powerful incentive to vote, but also makes the whole electoral process much more exciting.
That's why I'm glad I no longer live in a 'safe' constituency and feel sorry for those who do (i.e. the majority of voters).
It's also one reason why, since I first voted back in 1966, I've always been in favour of voting reform.
The other is that, as I pointed out the other day in What's wrong with a 'hung' parliament if that's what the electorate votes for?, I remain completely baffled as to why so many of our top politicians seem quite happy to spend decades in opposition - with minimal influence over the government - in exchange for a decade or two of exercising absolute power on their own behalf every now and then.