Writing in clear, direct English is particularly important in a business context. Please rewrite the following to improve its style and clarity:
Many people are of the opinion that voting in the civic
elections in the city on October 18th may well be a waste of time, and in the
event that almost nothing changes, it could also be a waster of money, but
nevertheless, we must avail ourselves of the opportunity to vote whenever we
can owing to the fact that we don't get many opportunities to influence the direction
taken by any level of government.