Maybe you're turned off by the whole idea of next month's special election to fill retired state Sen. Mike Waugh's seat.

What's the point, after all?

Pennsylvania taxpayers will spend around $200,000 to haul out the voting machines and staff the polls for the March 18 special election.

If the lieutenant governor, who scheduled the vote, had decided to wait just two months, the election could have been held in conjunction with the May 20 primary at no extra cost.

That's what happened last year when voters selected Kevin Schreiber to fill former state Rep. Eugene DePasquale's seat.

Of course, the 95th House District is heavily Democratic, while the 28th Senate District leans Republican.

That's led some to speculate the state GOP, which controls both the Legislature and governor's office, is trying to give its hand-picked successor an edge as the incumbent in the primary. From there, it's just a short hop to a full, four-year term.

Voters could be forgiven if they choose not to play on a potentially slanted field.

We hope that's not the case, though.

Regardless of one's feeling about the special election, the winner will become the only state senator who represents just York County. And that person will hold that seat for the rest of the year.

If the residents of the 28th want to have any say at all in that decision, they must participate on March 18.

The choices, selected by the respective parties' local committees, are GOP candidate state Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, and Democrat Linda Small.

And the race got much more interesting this week when Scott Wagner, an anti-establishment Republican who floated the Machiavellian theory, announced a write-in campaign.

Even if Wagner just manages to split the GOP vote who knows? The district could see its first Democratic senator since Mike Bortner left office in 1994.

All three, by the way, also are seeking their parties' nominations in the primary election.

Normally, non-affiliated voters don't need to pay attention to the races this early in the season. They're shut out of Pennsylvania's closed primaries and can't vote until the November general election.

But this isn't a general election.

Independent and non-affiliated voters will have just as much voice in the March 18 special election as their card-carrying neighbors.

If, that is, they choose to use it.