Thanks for your reply Solarminer. Yes I agree the situation's not the same when considering masternode voters of a game-changing digital currency versus the general public; they're worlds away from each other really. But the apathy thing will still be an issue.I can see this happening with a messed up governmental system where both candidates are the same except for some colors and jokes about each other. I think you will see the masternoders are a smart involved group. The projects will be much more useful than anything happening with a 100+ year government/financial system.
The Ninja site isn't as accurate as this one that Crowning sent a link for:
We already have a 36.8% yes vote on day 2. I would say this is pretty good. If we do start to have issues with low votes, we can move to a lower threshold system with 40% yes votes, but only if the no votes are less than 10%. This still enforces a majority vote. Or maybe Evan can figure out a way to stop payments to non-voting masternodes - that would sure push up the vote %! Or encourage voting by sending a DASH to each masternode that votes. We have a lot of options and can tweak this as time goes on. Fear not.
I think your idea on withholding payments to masternodes that don't vote, although it sounds extreme and heavy-handed, would actually put a rocket up EVERYONE and be enormously effective! I'd support that because as an MN owner you're taking part in the provision of services to the Dash network and with that comes a responsibility to help keep development moving along and ensuring Dash keeps evolving at an appropriate pace.
Some good ideas you have.