Since you are in college, it sounds to me like you need to work in a politician's office. Most schools will give you credit for doing it, so you can take a smaller class load and do that.
Voting sessions require their attention. Those "pointless debates" are how politics are argued and is exactly what their job is. They are almost always decisions that affect you in some way. They deserve their fullest attention so they vote properly (although they tend to know before they go in.)
Proud to be an American.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."-Edmund Burke