My vote doesn’t really count anyway…

Vote Today!This is another saying I’ve been hearing a lot lately. “Why should I vote? It doesn’t really count anyway.” “My vote won’t sway an election. Why bother?”

I try to be polite. And I do empathize with the helpless feeling. It’s really easy to feel insignificant in the face of the mess we’re facing as a state and country.

But individuals do matter.

Beyond the hanging chads of 2000. Beyond a Maine governor’s race that could be much closer than anyone anticipated. And beyond the casino vote that, it looks like, will be decided by just a few votes today. More and more elections seem to be coming down to a few votes.

But even beyond that, individuals to matter.

Everything you use today was created by an individual doing their job. Whether that job was inventing the combustion engine or inserting a screw on the toaster or pulling coffee beans off a tree.

Each of those unnamed individuals matter. They made a difference in your life, didn’t they?

Whatever your stance on issues, please don’t take the privilege of voting lightly. People have fought and died so we could vote today.

People are fighting and dying still.

So please, take another sip of coffee and then get out there and vote.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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