In either situation, you would be outraged.
Wars have been fought so that you have a right to vote and so that you can vote without threats or repercussions. People have died in those wars. People are still dying so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy.
Yet many citizens do not vote, especially in off-year elections. Granted, the candidates are local, likely running for mayor or city council. And yet, when you think about it, these are the officials that probably effect your life more on a day to day basis than all those officials in Washington, D.C. These are the people who make decisions about your streets, your property, your utilities, your parks, your businesses, and your public safety.
So VOTE! Be a responsible citizen. If you're too young to vote, make sure your parents and teachers get to the polls. You wouldn't like it if someone told you that you couldn't or shouldn't or didn't have to vote, so don't tell it to yourself.