Just posting part of one of my responses to an EVE mail for future reference... maybe I can quote it again!
The fact is that High sec is, at the moment, the poor mad uncle (...) and it will take time to change that. First we need a voice (for example on the CSM) that can demonstrate that it is "rational, well thought" and not just a "ultracarebear-I-want-theme-park" type. Quite apart from the problems with the CSM... and how the leaks and null-blocks are abusing it... we need to show that we (both individually, and as a group) are more than just those individuals that post tear threads on the forums.
BTW, if you set Madimiire to avoid... the Amarr-Jita run with a freighter is not much longer... and you avoid the main gank point on the Niarja, Madimiire gate. Escaping being bumped is harder, but possible if the bumper is not one of the "experts". Of course it also depends on luck as well.
However you decide to vote, please vote. The biggest block facing High Sec is actually the apathy of its players!
I am looking forward to seeing when the voting has actually been done by people... do they vote more in the beginning or at the end... judging by my correspondence a lot of people are still sitting on the fence with voting.
GET OUT THERE AND VOTE! GET YOUR FRIENDS AND CORPSMATES TO VOTE.
VOTE FOR WHOEVER... JUST VOTE!