This is an important debate and will get very important as its a potential PR attack point. I personally have only used about 10% to vote with. They went to zerox, hes very active and helpful.
So why haven't i voted with the other 90%? Two or three reasons (four it seams)
1. until the bugs are all out i am reluctant to open wallets with large balances. (is this Justified?)
2. I have seen the page where delegates say what they will do. This is all well but to vote i need to feel like i know the delegates a bit better. Being active on the forum is great for this because you can get an idea of a persons personality/approaches to life.
3 I still don't 100% understand it, for example, does my vote last for ever until i change it? A video would be good here.
4 What's the incentive for an individual to vote? Yes, i know the system fails if none of us do, so its for the greater good but i'm still not pulled to to do it.
So my opinion for what its worth.
We need real incentive or punishment for people to vote. It actually costs 0.5 btsx to place a vote at the moment. Maybe give an few btsx reward, base the incentive on the size of a persons pot. If you own 1million btsx then you get a larger reward than someone with 10,000. This would incentivise all but chanel the costs into getting the most amount of votes cast. For a punishment maybe the opposite? dont vote in a time frame and some of your coins will be burnt?
We also need to know our delegates, im not one who thinks we need their real world identity but each delegate should do there PR bit it might seem strange but i would be interested in what they read/listen to do they like hiking skiing partying, all this information tells us more than the sum of ots words. Voting on cold hard facts is one thing but its natural to want to like the person you are doing a favour to (voting is the favour) You can't get to like/trust/admire someone without feeling like you know them a little.
One thing is for certain, if people don't vote then DPOS is severely weakened and the more who vote the stronger DPOS is.