Vote – There is Nothing More Important to Do Today

Vote – There is Nothing More Important to Do Today

8 November 2022


By David Allen, Development for Conservation


When your blog title is “First Thing Tuesday,” you always end up publishing on Election Day. And so it is today. And I work as a pollworker today, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to think about anything else. This post is repurposed from 2018 and 2020, and I think I will repurpose it every election day from now on.


Vote – There is Nothing More Important to Do Today


In the early 2000s, I had the great privilege of observing a local election held in Zambia. The community, apparently defined as the number of people who could still hear each other when seated under a tree, was conducting its annual Village Action meeting. At issue was a series of expenditures the leaders had made according to the budget passed the year before.

One by one, the line-item champions were brought before the village and grilled about how they had spent the Village’s money. At the end of the meeting, the next year’s budget was proposed and approved, and a new group of line-item leaders was elected.

Learning how to make decisions as a group. Deciding how to raise and spend money. How to prioritize in the face of limited resources. Holding leaders accountable.

This was raw democracy. A kind of democracy few Americans ever witness.

Unless you happen to serve on a non-profit Board.


I don’t have a long message today.

Today is not a day for long messages.

Today is for feeling like we can do something about what’s going on in the world.

Today is a day for remembering who we are.

Today is a day for holding our leaders accountable.

Today is a day for voting.


These ideas have been repeated over and over for me recently. They’re on my phone. They’re on my email. They’re at my door. And they’re in the blogs I read.

This is how Claire Axelrod put it in an impassioned post:

There are many ways to be a part of repairing the world.

I know you can think of a bunch.

Choose one.

Then, act. And lead others toward those actions.

A community, or a civilization, that cares for each other survives.

As overwhelming as things may seem, it doesn’t mean we can’t do something. Just one thing.

Voting is a great start.

Amen, Claire. Amen.




So go vote. There is nothing more important for you to do today.


Cheers, and have a great week.




PS: This landed in my Facebook feed one day courtesy of my niece in Oregon. I’m not really a Facebook guy, but it’s too good, so I’ll pass it along here instead. It was attributed to one of my favorite authors: Mary Doria Russell.



PPS: Your comments on these posts are welcomed and warmly requested. If you have not posted a comment before, or if you are using a new email address, please know that there may be a delay in seeing your posted comment. That’s my SPAM defense at work. I approve all comments as soon as I am able during the day.

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  • AB
    Posted at 17:58h, 08 November

    I love everything about this post, including the heartwarming cartoon at the end. And you. And poll workers. And even the wild ride that is democracy — raw and clear or distanced and murky. Thanks for being my stalwart companion in remembering that “just one thing” is a daily option.

    • David Allen
      Posted at 13:48h, 09 November

      What a nice affirmation! Thank you AB.

  • Sara
    Posted at 11:01h, 08 November

    Thanks for being a poll worker! Stay safe.

  • Danielle
    Posted at 10:57h, 08 November

    Thank you for being a pollworker! Yay for voting!!!