We must all recognize the ground truth that voting is an END STAGE of organizing and exercising political power.
For voting to function democratically, voters must be organized not for elections, but for the exercise of political power, using a wide range of movement-building, solidarity, and nonviolent resistance tactics, including: labor organizing, strikes, sit-ins, boycotts, blockades, other interventions, media / propaganda / education, door-knocking, meetings, public meetings / town halls, etc.
The idea that electioneering represents key battles on the "front lines" of our democratic political organizing, is part of the establishment mythology that we should spit out.
If we never recognize that our power as citizens must be established by organized effort in multiple forms throughout society and the economy, then our electioneering will continue to be swatted aside as it is, by the power and strategy of organized wealth.
Only when we can function as an organized social economic and political force, rather than as amorphous and atomized "consumers" and "voters," will the end-game of "representative democracy" have any real value for exercising popular control over the political economy.
The social democratic reforms of the New Deal would never have been created without the mass mobilization of independent political strength by communists and socialists of the early 20th century. The liberal reforms of the 1960s and 1970s would never have been instituted without the power of the Civil Right's Movement, the Women's Movement, the Antiwar Movement, and the threat of the New Left.
We need to get clear about what it takes to win genuine democratic reform, and with our eyes on the prize, keep our main focus on the steps that can actually get us there.