I'd go with a 3rd party candidate if the dems and gop turn out to be garbage. Not participating is useless. Someone would have to put a gun to your head in order for you to write-in Ron Paul??? hmmmm, you hate him that much? jk : P
You really should be voting. The local elections are by far the most important!
Depends on which charity too. A lot of them are linked to the UN.