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Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. Gore Vidal
Being elected to Congress, though I am very grateful to our friends for having done it, has not pleased me as much as I expected. Abraham Lincoln
The regime is afraid of the people because it knows that free and fair elections will bring about its end. Viktor Yushchenko
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections. Winston Churchill
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. H. L. Mencken
There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object. John Keats
I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election. Warren G. Harding
It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another. George H. W. Bush
In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character. P. J. O'Rourke
In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins. Newt Gingrich
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. George Eliot
The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do. Joseph Stalin
Law of Diminishing Returns: As the popularity of a candidate approaches zero, the probability that he or she will release a wildly bizarre video approaches 1. Alexandra Petri
The Doppler Effect: When running in a primary, candidate appears farther to the left or right than he or she in fact is, but as candidate nears the general election, candidate's views appear to approach the center. Alexandra Petri
As everyone knows, Voter News Service, a consortium with a good track record, gave out bad numbers that night. In the closest race in history the wheels apparently came off a rattle trap computer system which we relied on and paid millions for. Through our self-examination and investigation we have determined that there was no intentional political favoritism in play on election night on the part of Fox News. Roger Ailes
Maybe, just maybe, something is wrong when the greatest part of new money earned in our country goes to the top 1 percent.... There is something profoundly wrong then the millionaires and billionaires are running the politics of our country.... When billionaires are buying elections, that is not democracy. Bernie Sanders
We have to carefully consider whether our election system is critical infrastructure, like the financial system or the power grid. There is a vital national interest in our election process. Jeb Johnson
Politicians are wither very good at running for office or they are good at running government. Seldom are the two found together. Molly Ivins
The single biggest weakness that politicians have as a group is that they want people to like them. Molly Ivins
The German voting system is the freest in the world, much freer than the French, English, or American system, because not only does it operate in accordance with the principle that every one shall have a direct and secret vote, but the powers of the State are exercised faithfully and conscientiously to carry out that principle in practice. The constitutional life of the German Nation is of a thoroughly democratic character. Karl Gottfried Lamprecht
The election in Russia was free but not very fair. Garry Kasparov
Outcome of these elections is not in doubt due to simple fact that there is only one candidate for each position…. You may be wondering why party propaganda machine attaches such importance to electoral campaign and surrounds it with such unparalleled pomp and circumstance. George F. Kennan
Duties of those whom the friends (term for Bahais) have freely and conscientiously elected as their representatives are no less vital and binding than the obligations of those who have chosen them. Their function is not to dictate, but to consult, and consult not only among themselves, but as much as possible with the friends whom they represent. They must regard themselves in no other light but that of chosen instruments for a more efficient and dignified presentation of the Cause of God. They should never be led to suppose that they are the central ornaments of the body of the Cause, intrinsically superior to others in capacity or merit, and sole promoters of its teachings and principles. Shoghi Effendi
Retain the Key to Prosperity: Vote Labour British Labour Party
The right of election is the very essence of the English constitution. Junius; Philip Francis
We must care more about bloodless revolutions called elections than about who wins the elections. Dottie Lamm
God is the one who chooses our rulers. Katherine Harris
A referendum is like playing Russian roulette. Stanley Hoffman
By definition, politics is, or ought to be, division. Christopher Hitchens
Our tribunals — unlike those in the United States — have been traditionally subordinated to political power. Mexico has a history of corrupt elections where the will of the people has been subverted by the wealthy and powerful. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
We all want certainty Leonel Castillo Gonzalez
The first time I voted, I voted for myself. Alexei Buzu
For more than fifty years the question of slavery has been more or less a subject of discord and contention; and, more recently, in some shape or other, it has been continually coming up in the councils of the nation, in the State Legislatures of the non-slaveholding States, before the people of the North, as an issue in elections, local and federal, and before the people of the South as an offset to its agitation at the North, to be considered with reference to its vindication as one of the essential elements of our society, its maintenance as an institution for the public good, and the protection of our rights, originating in it and under it, as the great God-given guaranty of the freedom of the white man through the thralldom of the black -- the accomplishment of the destiny of the African and Anglo-Saxon races by an observance and enforcement of the relations between them designed and decreed by divinity. Enquirer
I believe there is a conspiracy afoot to break up this Union. It is the duty of every good citizen to frustrate the scheme…if Lincoln is elected, he must be inaugurated. Stephen Douglas
And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women and if people aren’t involved in helping godly men in getting elected than we’re going to have a nation of secular laws. That’s not what our founding fathers intended and that’s certainly isn’t what God intended. Katherine Harris
If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side. Orson Scott Card
For politics to change … culture must change too --- and that takes much more than dispatching troops, holding elections, and writing constitutions. Lawrence E. Harrison
Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery. Octavia Butler
Anyone who gets too close to President Bush will get burned. Eleanor Clift
In my precinct, every person who showed up got to vote. I had to hack into the machines so that they could, but it was not hard to do. The scary thing about it is that I could have just as easily changed votes or allow people to vote multiple times. The machines are not very reliable, and they are easy to tamper with. I’m not even a computer expert. But my job was to ensure that everyone who showed up could vote, and that’s what I did. People all over the county were being denied their right to vote, but not at our precinct. Ramona E. F. Arnett
The money is given in these state judges elections by the very people who will appear before these judges. Now that can’t be a good system. Sandra Day O'Connor
There is ample evidence that participation in an electoral process forces any party, regardless of ideology, to moderate its position if it wants to attract voters in large numbers. Marina Ottaway
Elections ought to be equal. Elections are equal, when a given number of citizens, in one part of the State, choose as many representatives, as are chosen by the same number of citizens, in any other part of the state. James Wilson
The right to vote freely for the candidate of one’s choice is of the essence of a democratic society, and any restrictions on that right strike at the heart of representative government Earl Warren
This House is not prepared to enfranchise all men. Samuel McKee
It isn’t easy, but I guess I can understand why the good citizens of the hill country might let themselves be represented in Washington by a man who drinks too much. It isn’t easy, but I guess I can even understand why the good citizens of the hill country might even let themselves be represented by a man in Washington who carouses with city women while his wife and children are back here working the land. But, as God is my witness, I will never understand why the good people of the hill country would let themselves be represented by a man who takes female sheep up into the hills alone at night! Richard Mifflin Kleberg
We just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come. Lyndon B. Johnson
In my years working in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, I had learned that those who seek the presidency are prepared to stop at almost nothing to get their party’s nomination. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
If we go through with this nomination, we will march straight through the slaughterhouse into an open grave. William R. Sparks
We just delivered the South to the Republican Party for your lifetime and mine. Lyndon B. Johnson
An election could end up exacerbating deep divisions. John Zogby
I entreat you to consider that, when you choose magistrates, you take them from among yourselves, men subject to like passions as you are. Therefore, when you see infirmities in us, you should reflect upon your own, and that would make you bear the more with us, and not be severe censurers of the failings of your magistrates. John Winthrop
Properly done gerrymandering will increase the weight of some votes and nullify the effect of others, in order to ensure with near certainty that elections will yield the outcome desired by the incumbents. Jonathan Hayward
I wish I could send some of my shock troops to Chicago and other big American cities to help in the elections. We look on Heinrich Ford as the leader of the growing fascist movement in America. We admire particularly his anti-Jewish policy which is the Bavarian fascist platform Adolf Hitler
I shall not vote because I do not aspire to advise my sovereign on the choice of her servants. Evelyn Waugh
Although elections are not perfect tools for democracy, they reinforce the relationship between the people and their leaders, empowering citizens to remove and replace their governments in a peaceful and orderly manner. The only basis for a peaceful society is providing people with the opportunity to express their opinions and their will, and elections are instrumental in doing so. Seri Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid
Elections, like economic competition, produce winners, but these are not necessarily the best candidates, morally speaking. Shri J.M. Lyngdoh
The right to vote . . . depends on the legislation of the various States Lyman Trumbull
When the legislator is finally elected --- ah! then indeed does the tone of his speech undergo a radical change. The people are returned to passiveness, inertness, and unconsciousness; the legislator enters into omnipotence. Now it is for him to initiate, to direct, to propel, and to organize. Mankind has only to submit … Frederic Bastiat
Democracy in the Middle East has to be front-loaded. You have to have elections first and then try and build democratic institutions. You are not going to have the dictators and clerics of the Middle East allow you to build up democratic institutions slowly. Reuel Marc Gerecht
You may elect whatever candidates you please to office, if you will allow me to select the candidates. William Marcy Tweed
I will not give up my office alive. William A. Barstow
I decline submitting my officials rights and powers to the determination of a coordinate department, usurping a jurisdiction unprecedented in the history of our country, and fraught with the greatest danger to our institutions. I shall deem it my imperative duty to repel, with all of the force vested in this department, any infringement upon my rights and powers. William A. Barstow
If the constitution does not give the court means equal to the political emergency of such cases, it is hardly worth spending any breath upon. Orsamus Cole
Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse. H. L. Mencken
Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters. Abraham Lincoln
I am a Catholic. As far as possible I go to Mass every day. As far as possible I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative. Hilaire Belloc
In the past decade, nearly a dozen elected Latin American presidents have been forced from office. Peter Hakim
Democratic elections by themselves do not assure that human rights will be enforced but they can put a country on the path to reform. Barry Lowenkron
When moral principles, rather than persons, are candidates for power, to vote is to perform a moral duty, and not to vote is to neglect a duty Thomas Paine
There is nothing wrong with this country which a good election can't fix Richard Nixon
Would it not be easier...for the government to dissolve the people and elect another? Bertolt Brecht
Elections shall be open, free and equal, and no power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent an un-trammeled exercise of the right of suffrage. Wyoming
In a democracy, people usually get the kind of government they deserve, and they deserve what they get. Hunter S. Thompson
If I don’t get elected? Great. The Republic will live on Tom Coburn
I have one consolation, No candidate was ever elected ex-president by such a large majority. William Howard Taft
As Americans, it is up to all of us to be well informed and thoughtful, to help our country make the right decisions in this time or testing. Richard A. Clarke
Competition for votes sends parties in a two-party system toward the center. Anthony Downs
I hold the opinion that it is lawful [for a Muslim] to participate in elections [in non-Islamic countries], as this may reduce suffering, and it is a way to choose the better among the available candidates. I believe participating in elections will, in any event, contribute to the reduction of evil and be a forum for countering bad policies and exposing their deficiencies, as well as being an opportunity to present proposals of a different kind that may help people. Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah
I hold them [politicians] in contempt for the reason that they enact laws, further social engineering, do anything to get elected, couldn't care less about the wishes of the people and make horrible mistakes along the way when they do get in office. If there is anyone the most ignorant about issues it is a politician. A plague on all their houses! Pierre Andre Rinfret
… all raw emotion and little knowledge Pierre Andre Rinfret
Politicians, most politicians, are, by definition, people without morals and people who know no limits in what they will do to get elected. Pierre Andre Rinfret
An elected representative is not tied in any substantial way to particular policies, whatever the preferences of the electorate. Influence on the politician is greatest at the time of election. Once elected, the representative is released from popular control but continues to be exposed to powerful pressure groups, especially corporations, state bureaucracies and political party power brokers Brian Martin
The revolution is on the verge of winning. We cannot crush it but perhaps we can strangle it …. Perhaps it will be possible to divert the revolutionary energies into the legal channels of an election campaign. Max von Baden
I have serious doubts about the value of debates in a presidential election. They tend to be a test of reaction time rather than a genuine exposition of the participants' philosophies and programs Dwight D. Eisenhower
Public service is a noble career. You can’t do it unless you get out there and run…. You can make a difference if you are elected. William B. Richardson
Have election day on a weekend so that people can vote. Al Franken
The conventions have become meaningless. They’re manufactured events Dick Tuck
The people who run campaigns today have more iron control over the campaign than they did 20 or 30 years ago. Ted Koppel
Democracies do not begin and end with elections. Daniel Ayalon
Political gerrymanders existed in colonial times and continued through the framing. The Framers provided a remedy for the problem: the Constitution gives state legislatures the initial power to draw federal election districts, but authorizes Congress to “make or alter” those districts Antonin Scalia
We cannot always count on a severely gerrymandered legislature itself to find and implement a remedy [to gerrymandering.] Stephen Breyer
Traditional or historically-based boundaries are not, and should not be, “politics free.” Rather, those boundaries represent a series of compromises of principle–among the virtues of, for example, close representation of voter views, ease of identifying “government” and “opposition” parties, and stability in government. They also represent an uneasy truce, sanctioned by tradition, among different parties seeking political advantage. Stephen Breyer
If legislators are allowed to continuously redistrict throughout the decade, you are going to have no way of using elections to remove unpopular officeholders because the lines will be redrawn to ensure their reelection. Nathaniel Persily
gerrymander Anonymous
In an election year the state of the nation is the state of politics. Candy Crowley
It hurts to lose an election. George W. Bush
Democracy and elections can be a double-edged sword … democratic competition and elections increase the politicians’ appetite for gaining public support by pleasing the public, which is sometimes led by emotional motives and short-sighted considerations. Populist politics can sometimes be driven by a lack of knowledge and is not always conducive to the real interest … Azmi Shuaibi
No general in the midst of battle has a great discussion about what he is going to do if defeated. David Anthony Llewellyn Owen
A Chinaman running under the star was bound to be elected. Anonymous
Feminize Power—Elect Women Anonymous
Festival of Democracy Anonymous
It doesn’t matter who you vote for. The government always gets in. Anonymous
Of all the rats and snakes elected to represent the people and carry out their wishes, you rank head and shoulders beneath the lowest. Letter to Rep. Morris K. Udall (Democrat, AZ) Anonymous
Wilsonia Anonymous
At the [U. S.] House [of Representatives], Stephen Douglas, of Illinois, the author of the majority report from the Committee of Elections, had taken the floor last evening, and now raved out his hour in abusive invective upon the members who had pointed out its slanders, and upon the Whig party. His face was convulsed, his gesticulations frantic, and he lashed himself into such a heat that if his body had been made of combustible matter it would have burnt out. In the midst of his roaring, to save himself from choking, he stripped off and cast away his cravat, unbuttoned his waistcoat, and had the air and aspect of a half-naked pugilist. And this man comes from a judicial bench, and passes for an eloquent orator! John Quincy Adams
How few of the human race have ever enjoyed an opportunity of making an election of government for themselves and their children. John Adams
When annual elections end, there slavery begins. John Adams
... an act of insurrection. Clement Akpamgbo
... elections are no longer representative. Hassan Al-Turabi
Revolution, not elections! Jean-Bertrand Aristide
You don't win elections on Election Day. You win them by what you do all year round, by the day-to-day good will you generate in each precinct. Jacob L. Arvey
We do not expect much from a pre-election [American] government. It is hostage to the election process. Hanan Ashrawi
You cannot take any statement very seriously when it is made in an election context. Hanan Ashrawi
Republicans in the South could not win elections by talking about issues. You had to make the case that the other guy, the other candidate, was a bad guy. Lee Atwater
History would bear witness that as an administration we have always striven, in all our policy decisions, to build the foundation of lasting democracy, not the temporary show of excitement and manipulation by an over-articulate section of the elite and its captive audience. Ibrahim Babangida
Democracy is not elections. Democracy includes elections. Joaco Baena Soares
A basketball tournament to pick a poker player. James D. Barber
The British electors will not vote for a man who doesn’t wear a hat. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
We don't really have elections; we fight crusades. Each side usually believes that it, and it alone, represents the true faith. Earl Behrens
It is given to Bristol in this election to wrench the parliamentary system away from its feudal origins, and pitchfork it kicking and screaming into the twentieth century. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
The election of the President and the Vice-President of the United States has passed,—not only from the college of electors to which the constitution confided it, and from the people to which the practice under the constitution gave it, and from the House of Representatives which the constitution provided as ultimate arbiter,—but has gone to an anomalous, irresponsible body [the convention], unknown to law or constitution, unknown to the early ages of our government. Thomas Hart Benton
We already have term limits. They’re called elections. Brian Bex
He who has once been approved and accepted by his people, though he abuse his right, yet retains the basis of his authority as against his own private subjects, since an obligation entered upon publicly and by mutual consent cannot be dissolved and broken by the will of any private citizen. For were this otherwise, endless disorders, worse even than tyranny itself, would ensue… Theodore Beza
State legislators are becoming more like congressmen in that incumbents nearly always win. John Bibby
We must not repeat the Florida fiasco. The way we vote and count our votes should be consistent with modern technology. Kenneth Blackwell
We [Congress] weren't elected by the people of the District [of Columbia] to be the city's government, but we do have a federal responsibility. Thomas J. Bliley Jr.
The foundation upon which democracy rests is faith in the moral instincts of the people. Its ballot boxes, the franchise, its laws, and constitutions are but the outward manifestations of the deeper and more essential thing—a continuing trust in the moral purposes of the average man and woman. William E. Borah
Where you have close races, money can make all the difference in the world. Gloria Borger
Politicians, even if their motives are not of the purest, come much nearer performing their duties than the so-called "good" citizens who stay at home [on Election Day.] Louis D. Brandeis
There are few things we will do in America as important as pulling the lever for President of the United States of America. Tom Brokaw
We don't win or lose elections because of [party] rules. Ronald H. Brown
There’s nothing more humbling than losing a few elections. George W. Bush
My opponents can't get elected unless things get worse. And things aren't going to get worse unless they get elected. George W. Bush
The undecideds could go one way or the other. George W. Bush
No election in the United States is wholly free from human or machine error. William Canfield
No matter how great an improvement the new tariff may be, it almost always results in the party in power losing the election. Joseph Cannon
I certainly recognize that there will only be 10 or 12 challengers [for congressional seats] in the whole country who win, but my job is to be one of them. Glenn Carberry
Democracy is more than just election day. Walter C. Carrington
I don't intend to lose. Jimmy Carter
I do not see my election of 1976 or my defeat in 1980 in the narrow focus of God's will for this specific event. I believe He has a purpose for individual lives as well as for the sweep of human events. He works out those purposes in ways far beyond our understanding. I was His in 1976. I am His in 1980. Now, let's go eat supper. Jimmy Carter
Elections are about fucking your enemies. Winning is about fucking your friends. James Carville
Does any of you believe that we can solve our country's problems in five years? That is why we do not have this nonsense of elections. Fidel Castro
There will be a new president in this country someday, and I have as good a chance as anybody. Albert B. Chandler
If free elections were held today, all agree privately Communists would win...Future depends on organizing all resources to resettle refugees, sustain now bankrupt government... Leo M. Cherne
A most wretched custom is our electioneering and scrambling for office. Misserima omnimo est ambitio honorumque contentio. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The difference between a politician and a statesman is: a politician thinks of the next election and a statesman thinks of the next generation. James F. Clarke
I am the most unfortunate man in the history of parties: always run by my friends when sure to be defeated, and now betrayed for a nomination when I, or any one, would be sure of an election. Henry Clay
This office seeking is a disease. It is even catching. Grover Cleveland
What is the use of being elected or reelected unless you stand for something? Grover Cleveland
In a new democracy, the most important election is the second election. Bill Clinton
It wasn't my finest hour. It wasn't even my finest hour and a half. Bill Clinton
There were two Republican members of the Supreme Court—and God will reward them—who actually took the position that all votes should have been counted Bill Clinton
We have voted. The people have spoken. It’s just going to take a little while to figure out what we said. Bill Clinton
We should make election day a national holiday. Bill Clinton
I don’t want you to be a laughing stock … a circus where we just throw people out the minute they make a tough decision. Don’t do this. Don’t do this. Bill Clinton
The only problem with running for office is, once you are elected you have to serve. J. Marshall Coleman
What we affirm is that the theory which regards places in the public service as prizes to be distributed after an election, like plunder after a battle, the theory which perverts public trusts into party spoils, making public employment dependent on favor and not on proved merit, necessarily ruins the self-respect of public employees, destroys the function of party in a republic, prostitutes elections into a desperate strife for personal profit, and degrades the national character by lowering the moral tone and standard of the country. George William Curtis
He didn't get enough votes. Richard Joseph Daley
What we are seeing here is democracy in action. William M. Daley
An alienated and indecisive electorate is destructive to our democracy. Robert Dallek
Democracy doesn't mean electing a dictator every five years. Hernando de Soto
Bad government is made in the poling places of this country. John Dingell
[George W.] Bush, with lots of help from the nation’s highest court, was allowed to run out the clock in what is not supposed to be a mere game. E. J. Dionne Jr.
I hope no one in any part of this country will sit out any election. It’s about as unpatriotic think that anyone can do. Christopher Dodd
Any time you put your name on a ballot, there is a risk of election. Curt Donaldson
When corruption enters, the election is no longer free, the choice of the people is affected. William O. Douglas
This election is not about ideology. It's about competence. Michael Dukakis
No matter whether th' Constitution follows th' flag or not, the Supreme Coort follows th' iliction returns. Finley Peter Dunne
The Supreme Court follows the election returns. Finley Peter Dunne
The South will have to protect herself in the electoral college. James O. Eastland
The U. S. Presidency could be decided by a system Americans would find unacceptable abroad…. U. S. officials, working in newly democratic countries don’t spend much time encouraging laws that would allow the second place candidate for national office to triumph. Drew Fagan
Frequent elections by the people furnish the only protection, under the constitution, against the abuse of acknowledged legislative power. Stephen J. Field
Practical politics is the politics of the coming election. William E. Gladstone
There is nothing wrong with a political joke as long as it doesn't get elected. Miles Godwin
Increased turnout at the polls produces two secondary benefits: more definitive election results and an election that costs less per vote. Bill Graves
Election days were drinking days. Horace Greeley
Never in the history of the United States has a state legislature attempted to be the final arbiter of a Presidential election. It’s an insurance policy for George W. Bush. It’s over the line for the Governor to use the state legislature as an arm of the Bush campaign. Lois Frankel
... tell candidates who desire total control [of debates] that in a democracy elections belong to the voters. Barbara Friedman
Elections alone will never be enough to ensure good governance. Thomas Friedman
The true test of any Islamic party comes when it gains office by the ballot box and must then adhere while in power to the democratic norms it touted in opposition. History unfortunately gives few precedents here. Graham E. Fuller
Politics is a choice of enemas. You're going to get it up the ass, no matter what you do. George V. Higgins
If the Gods Wanted Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Better Candidates Jim Hightower
Elections are not really about political choices. The choice is usually between tweedle-de-dum and tweedle-de-dummer. Jim Hightower
The election was held today. Besides the two great party tickets, there is a new party which has polled most unexpectedly five or six thousand votes. They call themselves the American party, and are opposed to the extension of suffrage to foreigners; ... with this powerful demonstration of popular opinion in their favor, I should not be surprised if ere long they should swallow up the Whig party. This new movement has occasioned a great defection from both parties. Philip Hone
The animosities of elections should have no place in our Government, for government must concern itself alone with the common weal. Herbert Hoover
The people are always worsted in an election. Edgar Watson Howe
No system can guard against turmoil in the case of a tie. And this is a tie. Al Hunt
Church affiliation, protestant, endorsed by Tom and Joe Jackson County
This election isn't about race; it's about the direction of the [Democratic] party. They say, "You're not supporting the party nominee." I endorsed Daley twice over Republican opponents. He didn't endorse me once. This is about reciprocal voting and mutual support. Jesse Jackson
An elective despotism [i.e. of the Congress] was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. Thomas Jefferson
Our maxim of that day [1776] was "where annual election ends, tyranny begins. Thomas Jefferson
I was like a lamb that is led to the slaughter. Book of Jeremiah
I don't think anybody from the South will be nominated [for President] in my lifetime. If so, I don't think he will be elected. Lyndon B. Johnson
Public confidence in the elective process is the foundation of public confidence in government. Lyndon B. Johnson
They hustled the indifferent to the booths; they lent shawls and held babies; they carried the sick and dying to the polls on mattresses—and they won. May black shame fall upon the individual or the party who, having the trust of these women, ever betrays it. Tom Johnston
An election is like a horse-race, in that you can tell more about it the next day. John A. MacDonald
If you constantly cross your own centers of power, you lose the energy that wins elections. Bob Martinez
Challengers do not have a level playing field. John McCain
Conventions don't nominate people anymore. Primaries do. Charles McDowell Jr.
An election year is no time for nuances. Mary McGrory
Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 35,717,342 native-born whites to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many who are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of the State. H. L. Mencken
“Vote early and vote often,” the advice openly displayed on the election banners in one of our northern cities. William Porcher Miles
Of all officers of government, those in whose appointment any participation of popular suffrage is the most objectionable are judicial officers. John Stuart Mill
Polling places should be so numerous as to be within easy reach of every voter … Hustings, poll clerks, and all the necessary machinery of elections, should be at the public charge. John Stuart Mill
The practice introduced by some of the new or revised State Constitutions in America, of submitting judicial officers to periodical popular re-election, will be found, I apprehend, to be one of the most dangerous errors ever yet committed by democracy… John Stuart Mill
There has never yet been, among political men, any real and serious attempt to prevent [election] bribery, because there has been no real desire that elections should not be costly. Their costliness is an advantage to those who can afford the expense, by excluding a multitude of competitors. John Stuart Mill
Elections are the means we use to establish the will of the people in order to assure the rule of the people. George J. Mitchell
The most important thing to [political] parties is who is victorious—not the fairness of the process. Dario Moreno
The Solid South ….The sectional unity of the Southern people has been the governing idea and bane of their politics …. Every Presidential canvass becomes a battle between the sections. John Singleton
We can’t change our government unless we change the people who run it. Anthony Muse
I’m not ready to hand over power to people or groups of people who have no ability to manage a nation. Yoweri Museveni
You’re a thug. Now get out of here and keep away. Fiorello H. La Guardia
We have no federal or state elections for 18 months, so there is a slight possibility of doing something at this time. Otto Lambsdorff
Both parties keep talking about the will of the people. The will of the people should determine the President. This is the same will of the people that made Charlie’s Angels the number one movie. Jay Leno
People don't really like anyone. It is the crisis of our young democracy Yuri A. Levada
Early polls mean nothing. Allan Lichtman
Here in America we work out our differences, not with civil wars, but with spirited elections. We resolve our disputes, not through acts of violence but through the rule of law. And we preserve and protect our system of justice best when we accept its judgments that we disagree with the most. Joseph I. Lieberman
How can we tell our children if we do not make reasonable efforts to count every vote. Joseph I. Lieberman
Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet. Abraham Lincoln
Except it be to give protection against violence, I decline to interfere in any way with any Presidential election. Abraham Lincoln
If we could, somehow, get a vote of the people of Tennessee and have it result properly, it would be worth more to us than a battle gained. How long before we can get such a vote? Abraham Lincoln
As to the matter of fusion I am for it, if it can be had on Republican grounds; and I am not for it on any other terms. A fusion on any other terms would be as foolish as unprincipled. It would lose the whole North, while the common enemy would carry the whole South.... I am against letting down the Republican standard a hair's breadth. Abraham Lincoln
I am not a candidate for renomination or election. Abraham Lincoln
If elected I shall be thankful; if not, it will be all the same. Abraham Lincoln
It seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to cooperate with the President-elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration, as he will have secured his election on such ground that he cannot possibly save it afterward. Abraham Lincoln
Now that the election is over ..., reunite in a common effort, to save our common country. Abraham Lincoln
We can not have free government without elections. And if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have conquered or ruined us. Abraham Lincoln
If Voting Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It Ken Livingstone
If a people bent on violence and terrorism have free elections, they will elect leaders bent on violence and terrorism. Alan Keyes
There's only one problem with this year's upcoming Presidential election—one of the candidates has to win. Alan King
I had the impression of calling on an old friend and finding him dead. Alfonso X
If I can win the nomination, there’s no reason I can’t win this election. Michael Badnarik
Don’t you realize there’s an election this year. This is a social revolution that we’re considering here. And if we decide it in an election year, the two candidates will chose up sides on it, neither one will read the decision of course, and it will be thrown into the political scramble. Is this the way you want this important question to be decided? Felix Frankfurter
The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union. Alexander Hamilton
I have ever considered the constitutional mode of election ultimately by the Legislature voting by States as the most dangerous blot in our Constitution, and one which some unlucky chance will some day hit and give us a pope and antipope. Thomas Jefferson
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of, while others judge us by what we have already done. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours. The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbours together is still smaller. Thomas Babington Macaulay
If the Election be made by the People in large Districts, there will be no danger of Demagogues. James Madison
I am in favor of seven years [term for the President] and future ineligibility. By this Provision the executive is made independent of the Legislature, who may be his Electors if he could be re-elected; he will be complaisant to the Legislature to obtain their favor and his own re-election. George Mason
A Doubtful Election New York Times
The election of the Executive ought to be by the national Legislature, that then respect will be paid to that character best qualified Charles Pinckney
We are on the verge of seeing an actor who couldn’t win an Oscar win the governor’s race of California. Al Sharpton
State Legislatures were better qualified to elect the Members than the people were Roger Sherman
Billboards paid for by the government, which feature the exploits or image of any candidate should not appear within 90 days before an election Paul Simon
When to elect there is but one, 'Tis Hobson's Choice; take that or none. Thomas Ward
In order to proceed to an election which was pleasing to God and which took account of individual merits, the princes called in some of the household of each of the great leaders [candidates], made them take a solemn oath, and questioned them about the conduct and habits of their lords … This was done so that the electors might thus be more fully and more faithfully informed of the merits of the candidates. Those who were later very closely questioned under the required oath by the electors were forced to confess in secret the vices of their lords and likewise to enumerate their virtues, so that it might be made plain just what sort of men their lords were. William of Tyre
Free elections are only one part of democracy. Constraint on the power of government and the rule of law and the institutions of democracy are just as important. George Soros
In Russia we are not fighting to win elections. We are fighting to have elections. Garry Kasparov
Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult….It's a little hypocritical for the last eight years to be talking about how important it is for us to elect a Christian president and then turn around and endorse a non-Christian. Robert Jeffress
I saw my father march with Martin Luther King Mitt Romney
I am a republican! … I have not been so proud or so prejudiced as to renounce the cause for which I have fought as an American throughout the whole of the Revolutionary War… I am a Jew, and if for no other reason, for the reason that I am a republican… In republics we have rights. In monarchies we live but to experience wrongs….How then can a Jew but be a republican? Benjamin Nones
The president lost the popular vote but won the election by litigation. David Inglesius
Most men, being the ruled, not the rulers, want good government. If, without constraint, they choose bad government, it is by mistake George W. Cable
No people ever learned how to vote except by voting. George W. Cable
As in other times, we are in a war we did not start but have no choice but to win. Dick Cheney
It has been said that this Congress is to be a do-nothing Congress. My humble judgment is, if this House shall investigate carefully and determine correctly and accurately the numerous contested-election cases before it, it will have performed a duty to the country of greater importance than the settlement of any question that has ever claimed the attention of a deliberative legislative body in this Republic for the last half century. Romulus Whitaker Zachariah Linney
The king, in possession of the throne, was the sole representative of sovereignty, the sole representative of power. Not so in a Republic … Here we have no sole representative of power. The ballot box is the instrumentality through which the sovereign power is exercised. Romulus Whitaker Zachariah Linney
A force of tyranny which we Mexicans were not accustomed to suffer after we won our independence oppresses us in such a manner that it has become intolerable. In exchange for that tyranny we are offered peace, but peace full of shame for the Mexican nation Francisco Madero
The right to vote and be elected to the Legislative Assembly as well as to the provincial and communal self-government bodies A money payment fixed by law for the representatives of the people, which will allow them to be elected from the poorest classes of the population. Universal, civil, free and compulsory education, the state being obliged to provide poor children with food, clothing and school requisites Inviolability of the person and home of citizens Freedom of movement and of employment. Complete equality of all citizens irrespective of religion and racial origin. The replacement of the standing army by general arming of the people. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
The elections to the various offices Solon enacted should be by lot, out of candidates selected by each of the tribes. Each tribe selected ten candidates for the nine archonships, and among these the lot was cast Aristotle
By means of the prevailing scheme of settling political contests in white conventions and primaries, the negroes had been practically eliminated as an active factor; they were only occasionally appealed to when there were local splits in the Democratic party …. The questions at issue having been settled in the primary, the election itself is a mere legal formality, to which no more attention is given than is necessary to record the result of the primary. Francis G. Caffey
The marked decrease in the average vote for congressmen in the South, from 1892 to 1902, is due primarily to the limitations upon the suffrage, and that these limitations were intended to eliminate the negro vote. Francis G. Caffey
God doesn’t speak to me at all. The only way we can live with each other is to have a civil society that is really civil. Barack Obama
American politics has always had its vulgar side. Democracy has always had its vulgar side. Vulgarity is a transactional cost of democracy. George Will
[Campaign] Promises forecast governance. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
[In a political contest,] the first guy who defines the other, wins Gwen Ifill
The wealthy and the connected have had a President for the last seven years. It’s about time that the rest of us had a President also. Hillary Clinton
Nobody with the name of Barack Obama will win anything. Willie Brown
There are no acceptable limits and no acceptable prejudices in the 21st century. Hillary Clinton
Incremental change will not solve this nation’s problems. John Edwards
We have just carried an election on principles fairly stated to the people. Now we are told in advance, the government shall be broken up, unless we surrender to those we have beaten, before we take the offices. Abraham Lincoln
If you have an election no mater how free, if you do not have a government that respects people’s rights, you don’t have a democracy. Michael Mandelbaum
In the majority of African countries, the electoral bodies have been the personal choice of the imperial president….these bodies are not strong enough to withstand executive pressure to manipulate the results. Tendai Biti
For the first time in my life I found myself without an office, without a party and without an appendix. Winston Churchill
The minimum standards for conduct by a government towards its people have been well established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent international covenants, collectively referred to as the International Bill of Human Rights. Without an unshakable commitment to regular and periodic elections with universal participation by secret ballot, to freedom of expression and to other such human rights, a member state stands in the way of the active and intelligent participation of the vast majority of its population in the affairs of its own communities. We propose that there should be consequences for member states that violate these standards. Similarly, nations seeking recognition should be denied membership until they openly espouse these standards or make recognizable efforts to move in that direction. Bahai Universal House of Justice
There are certain elections where policy matters more than others….Personality without a platform will not cut it. Charles E. Schumer
In many respects we now live in a society that is only formally democratic, as the great mass of citizens have minimal say on the major public issues of the day, and such issues are scarcely debated at all in any meaningful sense in the electoral arena Robert McChesney
The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Plutarch
Free integral elections should be guaranteed, where values of justice and rule of law also prevail. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Islam calls for democracy and grants people the right to choose their governor. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
I’m too hard-headed; nobody will ever vote for me. I’ll find another way to serve. Hillary Clinton
You cannot limit this country by boundary lines. Stephen Douglas
Let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man---this race and that race--- and the other race being inferior, and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position, discarding our standard that we have left us. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln
I would be exceedingly glad to see that there never be another slave state admitted to the Union…. I should be exceedingly glad to see slavery abolished in the District of Columbia. Abraham Lincoln
I do not now or ever did stand pledged for unconditional repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law…I did not ever nor do I now stand pledged against the entry of any slave state into the union…. I do not stand pledged to the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia…. Abraham Lincoln
Citizens everywhere should be able to choose their leaders in climates free of fear. Barack Obama
The paradox of American policy in the Middle East — promoting democracy on the assumption it will bring countries closer to the West — is that almost everywhere there are free elections, the American-backed side tends to lose. Hassan M. Fattah
The great obstacle in the way of reform is neither American nor English, it is simply human. All that we know, by past experience, of the attempts of man to provide himself with a government, makes it most unlikely that an effort, repeated every four years, on the part of one hundred millions of people, to elect a single officer as the chief of state, should succeed. It seemed reasonable enough when the Constitution was framed for 3,000,000 people, leading a simple agricultural life. All democracies of which the world has had any experience, have been small … Our desire to create a ‘world Power’ out of the Federal machine is a fiasco, full of shame and disappointment. Edwin Lawrence Godkin
Regardless of how principled and ideological a political party may be, an essential point of party politics is to find jobs for the faithful of the winning party. If jobs cannot be found, the party system withers and dies, leaving only a self-perpetuating bureaucratic oligarchy behind. A system of minimal government can provide jobs for the winning party by throwing out the jobholders of the losing faction. But if civil service law freezes jobholders in place, the function of providing jobs for the winners can only occur by expanding the number of jobs: that is, at the expense of the taxpayers and of the productive, private sector. The "spoils system" allows all the costs to be imposed upon the losing party, and not at all on the body of the taxpayers. Surely a just and admirable system: who better to bear the costs of political defeat than the losing party? Murray Rothbard
The British people don’t want me anymore. Winston Churchill
Republicans didn’t lose their majority. We lost our way. Mike Pence
That every free agent in this kingdom should, in my wish, be represented in Parliament. That the metropolis, which contains in itself a ninth part of the people, and the counties of Middlesex, York, and others, which so greatly abound with inhabitants, should receive an increase in their representation. That the mean and insignificant boroughs, so emphatically stiled the rotten part of our constitution, should be lopped off, and the electors in them thrown into the counties; and the rich, populous trading towns, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and others, be permitted to send deputies to the great council of the nation. Anonymous
In the long run, trade works for America. Fred Thompson
We live in a country that has shed more blood for the freedom of other people than all the rest of the world combined. Fred Thompson
The Constitution reminds us that the government that produces free people is one of divided power. Fred Thompson
It's appropriate that all individuals in the country be given the choice from various political tendencies;, .d. Iran;, .d. democracy;, .d. opposition;, .d. elections;, .d. theocracy;, .d. religion;, .d. Moslems;, .d. Islam;, .d. voting;, It's appropriate that all individuals in the country be given the choice from various political tendencies Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei
I don’t see it as pressure. Among friends we can get advice. Ahmed Nizif
The main question that is decided by an election in our country is, which political party shall have the privilege of dispensing the offices of Government? Lemuel K. Washburn
It's a very painful and difficult process of many mistakes when people receive the right to vote, to elect their leaders when they become the subject for mass media for political manipulation. In particular, in a country like Russia, because we had to go through this period very quickly, it has been, I would say, a crash course in democracy Alexey Arbatov
Captains and subalterns in the militia shall be elected by those person in their respective company districts subject to military duty. Majors shall be elected by the captains and subalterns of the battalion. Colonels shall be elected by the majors, captains and subalterns of the regiment. Brigadier-generals shall be elected by the commissioned officers of their respective brigades. Ohio
No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he shall have been elected, be appointed to any civil office under this State, which shall have been created, or the emoluments of which shall have been increased, during such time. Ohio
In order to prevent those, who are vested with authority, from becoming oppressors, the people have a right, at such periods and in such manner as they shall establish by their frame of government, to cause their public officers to return to private life; and to fill up vacant places by certain and regular elections and appointments. Massachusetts
Fox Televison News is reaching Third Reich standards of media coverage of world affairs. Tariq Ali
It is doubtful that President Mubarak or the Saudi Royal family will allow elections that might sweep them from office. London Times
No person…, being a candidate or standing for election to any magistracy … in order to seek such magistracy, or during the year in which he is a candidate, or stands for or intends to stand for such magistracy with malice aforethought shall provide entertainments, or invite any person to dinner, or hold or provide a banquet, or with malice aforethought cause another person to hold a banquet or invite any person to dinner with a view to his candidature, but, nevertheless, the said candidate himself, who is seeking a magistracy, may invite, if he so desires, without malicious intent, during the said year daily any persons not exceeding nine. No candidate seeking office shall, with malice aforethought, give or make largess of any gift or present or any other thing with a view to his candidature. Nor any person, with a view to the candidature of another, shall provide entertainments, or invite any person to dinner, or hold a banquet, or, with malice aforethought, give or make largess of any gift or present or any other thing… Marc Antony
Whenever, and so often as in future, necessity or occasion shall arise for the election of a king of the Romans and prospective emperor and the prince electors, according to ancient and laudable custom, are obliged to journey to such election, each prince elector, if, and whenever, he is called upon to do this, shall be bound to escort any of his fellow prince electors or the envoys whom they shall send to this election through his lands, territories and districts, and even as much beyond them as he shall be able; and to lend them escort without guile on their way to the city in which such election is to be held, and also in returning from it. Charles IV
The only representatives of the people of these colonies are persons chosen therein, by themselves; and that no taxes ever have been, or can be constitutionally imposed on them, but by their respective legislatures. Continental Congress
Turner, forget it. We don't go in for that kind of crap that you have back in New York -- of being obliged to print both sides. We're going to beat this son-of-a-bitch Sinclair any way we can. We're going to kill him. Kyle Palmer
Politicians get elected because of the immediate results demanded by their constituents, not the long-term structural arrangements debated by constitution-makers and political theorists. Robert Bartley
Elections should be prepared as well as possible and raise as little doubt as possible Lakhdar Brahimi
The evidence in hand and accessible will show beyond peradventure that in many parts of the State corrupt and violent influences were brought to bear upon the registrars of voters, thus materially affecting the character of the voting or poll lists; upon the inspectors of election, prejudicially and unfairly thereby changing the number of votes cast; and, finally, threats and violence were practiced directly upon the masses of voters in such measures and strength as to produce grave apprehensions for their personal safety and as to deter them from the exercise of their political franchises. Blanche K. Bruce
At every election dishonest candidates were preferred by the people Charles Gavin Duffy
No papist, though not convicted as such, shall be entitled to vote at the election of any member to serve in parliament, or at the election of any magistrate for any city or other town corporate. George II
If not checked the power of money will soon control the elections of the President, the senators and the members of the House of representatives. James K. Polk
We favor a constitutional provision limiting the office of President and Vice-President to one term, and providing for the election of Senators of the United States by a direct vote of the people. Populist Party
I don’t attend rallies and I don’t participate in presidential elections. In fact, I don’t participate in any election. I don’t participate in the governor’s race, I don’t participate in the mayor’s race. I participate in one election every two years. Then I’m strong for Hebert. That is the only election I take part in. Felix Edward Hebert
There is nothing wrong with this country that a good election can’t fix. Richard Nixon
When the shadow of the Presidential and Congressional election is lifted we shall, I hope be in a better temper to legislate. James A. Garfield
I cannot recall a single case where a Vice President contributed one electoral vote in a Presidential election. John F. Kennedy
You do not turn a country with no democratic tradition into a democracy by just having an election. You must also have democratic institutions like the rule of law. Howard Dean
A government which results from election is more divine than one which results from succession. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
The essential democracy of our Nation and the safety of our people depend not upon the absence of power, but upon lodging it with those whom the people can change or continue at stated intervals through an honest and free system of elections Franklin D. Roosevelt
If there were an election held in any country of the Muslim world between the existing leaders and Osama bin Laden, bin Laden would win hands down Anjem Choudary
Never look past the next election, because if you do, you may not get past the next election. Bill Clinton
We’re the only country in the world where somebody can come in second and still be President because of the Electoral College. Ralph Nader
Polls don’t vote. People do. Anonymous
Only God who appointed me can remove me. Not the MDC, not the British. The MDC will never rule this country--never. Robert Mugabe
The last I checked, this is an election, and in an election we play politics. Shannon F. Reeves
Congress is afraid of the voters, and the voters are looking for leadership. Michael Bloomberg
We will not allow anyone to poke their snotty nose into our affairs Vladimir Putin
All candidates in Van and Hakkari (areas of Turkey) from CHP, MHP, DYP and AKP (political parties) must withdraw themselves and offer their support to Kurdish people. Our people must demonstrate their Kurdishness in the elections. ... Whoever continues the activities we mentioned here will be punished. Whoever damages our movement or our party will not be forgiven in any way. They should know that they are facing death Kurdistan Workers Party; PKK
If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making? Are the coercive edicts issued by him to be regarded as legitimate because they are the ultimate outcome of their own votes? Herbert Spencer
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few George Bernard Shaw
Can old dogs learn new tricks? …. Issue positions among partisans tend to be relatively stable… Party position changes tend to come not from learning new tricks but from electing new dogs. Walter Clark Wilson
Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.… Helen Keller
A significant disadvantage of the present system is that there is no direct relationship between the elected members and the electors … the member is only responsible to the party leadership or, worse still, to the party bureaucracy Bernard Lewis
All governments must maintain power by consent. Not by coercion. Barack Obama
Democracy is far more than merely participating in free and fair elections for a new government. It is about playing by a set of rules, respecting those rules and accepting the result even when it may not be what one had hoped for. Graeme Leung
A Senate chosen for six years will, in most instances, be an appointment for life, as the influence of such a body over the minds of the people will be coequal to the extensive powers with which they are vested, and they will not only forget, but be forgotten by their constituents. Mercy Otis Warren
I order you to hold a free election but forbid you to elect any but Richard [d'Ilchester.] Henry II
Politicians reach high and stoop low to get elected. Unfortunately, there has been more stooping than reaching as of late. Robert Heilbroner
I have been defeated for election often enough to know that the majority can be wrong. Lawrence Brooks Hays
Elections are always about turnout. Mark Halpern
The people should choose whom they please to govern them. Alexander Hamilton
The justification for whatever manipulation of the ballot that has occurred in this State has been the menace of negro domination John Knox
I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. Henry A. Kissinger
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.  Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match John F. Kennedy
If we don't do something real soon, I think you'll have to agree that we're going to be forced either to use the ballot or the bullet. It's one or the other in 1964. It isn't that time is running out—time has run out! Malcolm X
The Ballot or the Bullet Frederick Douglass
The task of redistricting is best left to state legislatures, elected by the people and as capable as the courts, if not more so, in balancing the myriad factors and traditions in legitimate districting policies. The task of redistricting is best left to state legislatures, elected by the people and as capable as the courts, if not more so, in balancing the myriad factors and traditions in legitimate districting policies. Anthony Kennedy
Body of Liberties Massachusetts
You can’t beat this prosperity thing. Will Rogers
We need clean candidates. Party A puts up a candidate and he is terribly corrupt. Party B puts up a candidate who is even more corrupt. There is no choice. So I have the Clean Candidate Campaign. Muhammad Yunus
The very right to vote imposes on me the duty to instruct myself in public affairs, however little influence my voice may have in them. Jean Jacques Rousseau
It was a thumping. George W. Bush
I declare the last election to be illegal …. And I am assuming the presidency. Francisco I. Madero
What I am interested in is to help this grand President of ours feed the hungry and clothe the naked and provide work for the idle of every race and creed Arthur Wergs Mitchell
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. United States Congress
The Populist platform is almost too absurd to merit serious discussion. Detroit Tribune
In order for a corrupt system to prevail, numerous other rights are likely to be restricted in the areas of political participation and access to justice. The need for the corrupt to protect themselves and their cronies undermines the electoral process, leads to intimidation and manipulation of the press and compromises the independence of the judiciary …. Especially disturbing is the impunity that covers up so many of these acts. Mary Robinson
I’m against parties. Take the party designations from the ballot and make politicians run on their names only. Jesse Ventura
War is never a good environment in which to run. Karl Rove
It isn't important who is ahead at one time or another in either an election or horse race. It's the horse that comes in first at the finish line that counts. Harry S Truman
Elections are not about solving anything. Elections are about winning. Mike Murphy
If our system of government were changed, so as to give to the Governor the duty of overriding and nullifying a definite elective choice by removing an elected official for acts committed prior to his election, with full public knowledge thereof, such change would create in Albany a power so dangerous in the hands of an unscrupulous Governor that the will of the electorate could be wholly destroyed. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I do not want to be recorded in history as the man who bequeathed a tyranny. Kemal Ataturk
…wealth’s influence on civic elections is still more pernicious. Money is frequently the most forcible logic, and he that carries the longest purse, will often carry the most votes. Perez Fobes
In a country like ours, abounding with free men all of one rank, where property is equally diffused, where estates are held in fee simple, the press free, and the means of information common; tyranny cannot readily find admission under any form of government; but its admission is next to impossible, under one where the people are the source of all power, and elect either immediately, by representatives, or immediately by themselves the whole of their rulers. David Ramsey
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan
Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Rosa Luxemburg
It is very easy to have elections. It is very difficult to consolidate political order. William Odom
The existing pseudo-government which was not elected by the people and which is not accountable to the people must be replaced by a government recognized by the people, elected by representatives of the workers, soldiers and peasants and held accountable to their representatives. Joseph Stalin
I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how. Joseph Stalin
American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany Upton Sinclair
This election is not about me. It is about you. Barack Obama
The consequences of failure are so profound that we can not even contemplate it….We’re going to have to ask for more money—after the election [scheduled for November 2004] John McCain
Every election in America has some fraud and some human error. Mark Halpern
I know how illusory would be the belief that my vote determined anything; but nevertheless when I go to the polls I have a satisfaction in the sense that we are all engaged in a common venture. Learned Hand
Each county elector makes his own rules Cynthia Handley
Voters will not give you a chance to solve their problems if they think you don’t understand them. Frank Luntz
[Ideological] Purity is fine but it doesn’t win elections and is not a governing strategy. Compromise is required. Kenneth M. Duberstein
It becomes a conqueror to conciliate. James Parton
A politician thinks of the next election; the statesman thinks of the next generation James Freeman Clarke
It has become a cliché that voters no longer choose their legislators. The legislators choose their voters. Charles Cook
Every single election in every country has a component of a referendum in it. Alejandro Poire Romero
In our system today, many people don’t have to win general elections; they just have to win primaries. David Axelrod
I don’t give a damn about election day. It doesn’t matter a lick to me. I’ve got much bigger fish to fry, and so do the people of New Jersey. Chris Christie
The Electoral College is the ink blot on the Constitution Thomas Jefferson
I have never seen a poll elect anyone Roland Martin
… we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African American voter-turnout machine. Doug Preisse
We don’t trust government, but we need government….Government didn’t land here from Mars. We elected them. Joe Klein
… this little group of men who not only enjoy a right of instant rebuttal to every presidential address, but more importantly, wield a free hand in selecting, presenting, and interpreting the great issues of our nation.... The American people would rightly not tolerate this kind of concentration of power in government. Is it not fair and relevant to question its concentration in the hands of a tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government? Spiro Agnew
We have done our level best ... we have scratched our heads to find out how we could eliminate the last one of them. We stuffed ballot boxes. We shot them. We are not ashamed of it Benjamin Ryan Tillman
If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times. Mark Twain
Redistricting makes the inequities in campaign financing even worse. Most elections are so noncompetitive due to how the lines are drawn that big donors already know who's going to win. So they give to the likely winners to curry favor. Douglas J Amy
This new [redistricting] plan basically does away with the need for elections. Tony Quinn
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action … Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. Gore Vidal
Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won't be. Gore Vidal
We in America are obsessed with elections. Elections are a waste of time. Unless you have a cohort of political leadership as with a Washington, Madison and Jefferson, what is the point of having an election? So some fool will get elected and be nominally in charge and is not really leading a cohort. There is no sense of political coherence among the elite about what the state is going to be. Ricardo Rene Lattemont
As good government is an empire of laws, how shall your laws be made? In a large society, inhabiting an extensive country, it is impossible that the whole should assemble to make laws. The first necessary step, then, is to depute power from the many to a few of the most wise and good. John Adams
We may define a republic to be … a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. James Madison
Without general elections, without unrestrained freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution…in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Rosa Luxemburg
A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years. Lysander Spooner
When you are not running for office, the people in the party listen to you more. Jeb Bush
The Republicans always looked bad three years out of four. But the year they look good is election year. Will Rogers
The goal in the end is not to win elections. The goal is to change society. Paul Krugman
A much better course would be a gradual development of democracy, not through general elections, but rather through civil society and the strengthening of local institutions. Bernard Lewis
We are the world’s greatest democracy but we are behind a number of other countries when it come to our voting processes… The good news is that most of these are problems are fixable. Lawrence Norton
I consider biennial elections as a security that the sober, second thought of the people shall be law. Fisher Ames
Popular elections by country rustics and intriguing city-dwellers are one more obstacle to the practice of federation among us; because the former are so ignorant that they cast their votes mechanically, and the latter so ambitious that they convert everything into factions; therefore in Venezuela there has never been a free and just vote Simon Bolivar
Pure representative government is not suitable to our character, customs, and present conditions...So long as our compatriots do not develop the talents and political virtues which distinguish our brothers of the north (The United States) the entire popular system, far from being suitable to our conditions, may, I fear, be our ruin. Simon Bolivar
Democracy in the United States takes politicians who are reasonable in private and it churns them through a public process that is almost tailor-made to undermine their virtues. Perpetually kissing up to the voters destroys the leadership qualities the voters are looking for in the first place: tranquility of spirit, independence of mind and a sensitivity to the contours and complexity of reality. David Brooks
Normally we would expect more seats in Congress to go to the political party that receives more votes, but the last election confounded expectations. Democrats received 1.4 million more votes for the House of Representatives, yet Republicans won control of the House by a 234 to 201 margin. Sam Wang
It's time to put country ahead of party. It's time to put the next generation ahead of the next election. Barack Obama
The citizens of any particular country must be assigned the primary responsibility for judging their own leaders. The potential for abuse is simply too great, when judges wander across national borders. Jonathan Rauch
Liberal democracies have their own means of holding leaders accountable. They are called elections. Alan Wolfe
By using the latest sophisticated software, state legislatures can carve out districts that guarantee electoral victory for one party or the other, often in the service of protecting incumbents. Nolan Matthew McCarty
Our American elections have been fought between parties which, roughly, have represented the forces advocating change and those preferring stability. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Sometime between elections we should concentrate on doing something. Thomas S. Foley
[The South] has come to the conclusion that in case Lincoln should be elected . . . she could not submit to the consequences, and therefore, to avoid her fate, will secede from the Union. John J. Crittendon
The Americans are the first people whom heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing forms of government under which they should live. John Jay
A well-constituted court for the trial of impeachments is an object not more to be desired than difficult to be obtained in a government wholly elective. Alexander Hamilton
In the Israeli system, if the Knesset cannot reach agreement on a budget by the end of the year, one-twelfth of the previous year’s budget is automatically appropriated each month for 6 months. If at the end of 6 months, there is still no agreement, we automatically call new elections. We have never had to call an election. Benjamin Netanyahu
There have been numerous instances when facing the threat of a Communist Party or popular front election victory in the free world we have met this threat and turned it successfully. Richard Helms
President Eduardo Frei’s election was a triumph for democracy achieved partly as a result of the good work of the CIA. Dean Rusk
I don’t see why we have to let a country go Marxist just because its people are irresponsible. Henry A. Kissinger
The United States supports the idea that every people should have the right to make a free choice as to the kind of government they want. John F. Kennedy
The ballot has failed us, but the bullet has not. Anwar al-Awlaki
India’s democracy has dissolved into … a system totally dominated by electoral victories and defeats. The moment you enter office, you begin to think of the next election. Ashis Nandy
It was a transition of power, not by the ballot box…. The people who lost the election are now in power. The people who won the election are now in jail. Lindsey Graham
A monumental fraud! …. This has been a huge farce. The credibility of this election has been marred by administrative and legal violations which affect the legitimacy of its outcome. It is our view that this election is null and void. Morgan Tsvangirai
For government to be chosen regularly in free elections, the losers must trust the winners not to abuse the power they have won. Michael Mandelbaum
When it comes to a mayor, they [the voters] often want whatever they haven’t just had. Sam Roberts
Ordinarily, proportional representation has a centrifugal effect, because it allows many parties, some of them extreme, to win a few seats and enter the legislature. Donald L Horowitz
Democracy is not a serial autocracy with each new autocrat being selected by a free and fair election. Lewis D. Eigen
In the right to vote … Justice should never be too expensive. Justice should never be too slow. Justice should never depend on an army of lawyers sweeping in to help, and that is the situation we have now. We are dependent on the ability to find help whenever we can. Justin Levitt
Voting discrimination still exists. Nobody doubts that. John Roberts
Without Section 5 Preclearance, Section 2 [normal lawsuits] of the Civil Rights Act, it is open hunting season for those who want to use discriminatory voting practices. Liz Urbaez Weinberg
Officials who wish to deny minorities the right to vote adopt one tactic. When a lawsuit finally gets decided that the tactic is unconstitutional or otherwise illegal, the official just switches tactics…. Election enforcement lawsuits are different and demand more [than typical lawsuits.] Justin Levitt
The ballot box is a license to govern, not a mandate to rule. Nabil Fahmi
Free and fair elections does not mean democracy. Andrea Mitchell
It’s the Vietnam Flu. It lasts for most of the year and goes away two weeks before election day. Johnny Carson
I have always felt that for local offices in a small place, where everybody knows everyone else, the vote should be more a question of the man than one of party allegiance. Eleanor Roosevelt
In the balance of Islam, this constitution is heresy, and therefore everyone who participates in this election will be considered infidels. Osama bin Laden
We find that fraud in election is an old ulcer … it is too old, it is too malignant, to warrant any generous surgery. We have got to cut it out if healthy flesh comes with it. If we do disfranchise now and then an honest elector it is really for his own benefit and the benefit of his own State and county. William Henry Moody
Institutions may crumble and governments fall, but it is only that they may renew a better youth, and mount upwards like the eagle. George Bancroft
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class shall represent and repress them in parliament.. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Taiwan does not oppose that there is only one China in the world, but that does not mean Taiwan is part of China. We should never have a doubt about Taiwan's independent status. Taiwan has been an independent and sovereign country since March 23, 1996, the day of its first direct presidential election…. Taiwan does not oppose that there is only one China in the world, but that does not mean Taiwan is part of China. Annette Lu
The vote is the most effective and merciful instrument that man has devised to manage his affairs. Jose Marti
The trouble with free elections is that you never know how they are going to turn out. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov
Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor. Rosa Luxemburg
If the United States really wanted to increase political diversity, it would provide the option for candidates to run with public funds. Jay R. Mandel
If you don’t do something for somebody, you are not going to win.. Dana Bash
The Annual Shame McGeorge Bundy
Universal adult—including female—suffrage under proportional representation, the right of referendum, the election of judges, the separation of church and state Length of working day fixed at 8 hours, regulations on the conditions of work, right to form trade unions … Social Democratic Party
I think that you are going to be badly defeated. Larry O'Brien
In a campaign, impressions can be much more important than facts and debate. Al Gore
Every vote counts and we must count every vote. Al Gore
At some point the law must prevail and the lawyers must go home. James Baker
In Hungary the system … provided two real and important privileges for the ruling classes: The one was the exclusion of the middle classes of the non-Magyar races from all government offices and from the local county administrations, as well as from the higher spheres of cultural life. The other was the restricted suffrage, exercised with open balloting, which gave full opportunity to the dominating classes to nullify not only the political action of the national minorities but also of the pure Magyar landless peasantry and working classes. Oszkar Jaszi
Never during the independent life of Mexico has a group of persons who have once obtained power been superseded by election, but only by dint of an armed rebellion. That is a constant law of our history. Toribio Esquivel Obregon
Keep Calm – Don’t Vote. Anonymous
You have the army of mediocrities followed by the multitude of fools. As the mediocrities and the fools always form the immense majority, it is impossible for them to elect an intelligent government. Guy de Maupassant
You can choose whatever name you like for the two types of government. I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence democracy, and the other tyranny. Karl Popper
The leading elite of a country cannot be chosen by the multitude. To try to select this elite is like determining by majority vote who the poets, writers, mechanics, aviators or athletes of a country ought to be. Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
The democracy gap in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the least worst every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the least worst gets worse. Ralph Nader
Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians. Che Guevara
Our ethical values point one way, towards intergenerational responsibility, but our political system points another, towards the short-term horizon of the next election. We should consider introducing agents who can vote in a far-seeing and impartial way. Thomas Wells
Rally round me that I may shatter our enemies and their hopes of a republic flag. The Union Jack [British Flag] must sweep the polls. Vote early. Work late. James Craig
The Sovereign is no other than the vote of the people. Pieter Vreede; Wijbo
The media is in our country is free. Do you see what they write against me?.... They have a right to criticize the government…. I did not come in through bullets—they elected me Salva Kiir Mayardit
without interfering with the domestic affairs of the Batavian [Dutch] government, the executive Directory owes it …a frank declaration that it will never recognize any government in Holland other than that which is based on the General Will. France
The only reason we won this election is that money does not vote. You do! David Brat
The best citizens were supposed to desire honest men in office, men who would not take bribes, men who would appoint high-minded men as their subordinates, men who would look after the public interest, see that public charities were well supported. William Allan White
I formed a great desire to help you be president of the United States. It has seemed to me that if I could perform some service for you that would land you in the Presidency I could perform as great a service for my country as I could perform on the battlefield. William Allan White
The foundation of English liberty and of all free government is a right in the people to participate in their legislative council. Continental Congress
Secession was dangerous and contrary to the concept of democracy. If democracy is to work, there must be acceptance by all parties in the results of an election and in majority rule. Secession allowed a minority of the citizens to overturn the results of an election, subvert the will of the majority, and shut down the process of give and take between competing interests in a constitutional republic as envisioned by the founders. Todd Groce
Where annual elections end, there tyranny begins.. John Adams
Popular elections are uncertain. William Howard Taft
Our supple tribes repress their patriot throats, And ask no questions but the price of votes.. Samuel Johnson
GDP has effectively become a proxy for national success or failure. It has the power to decide elections, overthrow governments, and launch popular movements. Zachary Karabell
I have never talked or corresponded with a person knowledgeable in Indochinese affairs who did not agree that had elections been held as of the time of the fighting, possibly 80 percent of the population would have voted for Ho Chi Minh. Dwight D. Eisenhower
[Commenting on Watergate:] Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election. Gerald R. Ford
Rockefeller brought a lot of balance to my administration…. I wanted him on the ticked but if Rockefeller had stayed on the ticket I would probably have not gotten the nomination. Ronald Reagan would have gotten the nomination. Rockefeller made the unselfish decision to withdraw so I could win the nomination. Gerald R. Ford
You can't win an election with money alone. Marion Barry
Money has become much, much too important in the election process. I felt that way when I had no money, and I feel that way when I do have money. Mario Cuomo
Elections are fundamentally about the future and not about the past. Scott Walker
The 3rd leg of the strategy for GOP political supremacy has been to suppress the vote of the Democrat’s most loyal base: African Americans. On the fallacious pretext of addressing voter fraud, Republican officials in more than two dozen states introduced and passed new voting laws that that restrict voting. The most immediate impact of these laws has been to disproportionately disenfranchise Black, Latino and young voters. Clarence Lusane
Souls to the Polls Anonymous
If the state has a problem with judicial impartiality, it is largely one the state brought upon itself by continuing the practice of popularly electing judges. Sandra Day O'Connor
A state sets itself on a collision course with the First Amendment when it chooses to popularly elect its judges but restricts a candidate’s campaign speech. To the extent states wish to avoid a politicized judiciary, they can choose to do so by not electing judges. Richard A. Paez
A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon Bill Clinton
Estonia, a country that has the most digital leadership in the world, just completed its third election where folks voted on a cellphone. Anyone ever heard of digital embassies? The Estonians have them. Andrew Thompson
We elect these people not to represent their parties but to represent us. Christine Todd Whitman
… “broadly representative” is not numeric representation . Leung Chun-ying
Screening [of candidates] would insulate candidates from popular pressure to create a welfare state and would allow city government to follow more business friendly policies ... Leung Chun-ying
I wish I could send some of my Storm Troopers to Chicago and other big American Cities to help in the elections. We look to Heinrich Ford as the leader of the growing Fascist movement in America …. We have had his anti-Jewish articles translated and published. The book is being circulated in millions throughout Germany. Adolph” “Hitler
They are not holding elections in strict compliance with Ukrainian law, but so what? Vladimir Chizhov
The outcome of an election depends on the candidate, not the people on the sidelines [advisors, handlers, etc.] Deval Patrick
We won because people and the passion of belief are still more important than money. Mario Cuomo
There is an absurd concentration on an election which never starts and never ends. Doris Kearns Goodwin
More Americans bowl than vote. Robert D. Putnam
We will spend and spend, and tax and tax, and elect and elect. Harry Hopkins
If elected president, I shall shrink from no danger, from no sacrifice, in the defense of society, which has been so outrageously assailed. I shall devote myself wholly and without reservation to the consolidation of the republic, so that it may be wise in its laws, honest in its aims, great and strong in its deeds. My greatest honor would be to hand on to my successor, after four years of office, the public power consolidated, its liberties intact, and a genuine progress assured. . . Napoleon BonaparteII
I ran for chairman of the Democratic Party to win elections. Terry McAuliffe
What the electorate gives, the electorate can take away Tony Blair
Likability shouldn’t be what we are voting on, but never-the-less, it matters. Doris Kearns Goodwin
A simple election reform to encourage moderates to run, and win, would be approval voting, in which voters can “approve of”—and thereby vote for—as many candidates as they like. The candidate with the most “approvals”—votes—wins the election. Because approval voting does not restrict voters to supporting only one candidate, it tends to result in the election of a centrist, not the strongest minority candidate who benefits from a divided field. Approval voting is widely used by major engineering and scientific societies to elect their officers. At NYU, the politics and economics departments use it to elect a chair. To implement approval voting in public elections, the parties could choose to use it in their primaries, or state legislatures could mandate its use. Bills to do this have been introduced in several states, including New Hampshire. Steven J. Brams
We have confidence in the overall integrity of our electoral system. It is diverse, subject to local control, and has many checks and balances built in. Jeh Johnson
This business about talking about rigged elections is very dangerous. Michael Chertoff
Let the People Rule! Theodore Roosevelt
I hope the great Business of Elections will never be left by the Many, to be done by the Few; for before we are aware of it, that few may become the Engine of Corruption . . . Heaven forbid! that our Countrymen should ever be byass’d in their Choice, by unreasonable Predilections for any man, or that an Attachment to the Constitution, as has been the Case in other Countries, should be lost in Devotion to Persons. The Effect of this would soon be, to change the Love of Liberty into the Spirit of Faction. Let each Citizen remember, at the Moment he is offering his Vote, that he is not making a Present or a Compliment to please an Individual, or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn Trusts in human Society, for which he is accountable to God and his Country. John Adams
Republicans can win without capitulating to multiculturalism. Dave Bratt
About one quarter of all the voting machines in the United States stupidly do not have any paper trail. James Woolsey
I hereby reject the results in totality, I will not accept the results Yahya Jammeh
This is not the first time. We’ve had this problem in nearly every election that we administer in the city of Detroit. Daniel Baxter
Espionage and disinformation have a millennia long tradition in statecraft. Both the Soviets and the U. S. interfered with foreign elections during the Cold War. Matt Vella
It is a very good warning to all of the dictators. If you lose an election, you have to go gacefully, or you will be disgraced. Adama Barrow
We must hit them hard for interfering with our election, If we do not hit the Russians hard, we will be empowering them .... 2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress. Lindsey Graham
After thirty years of a collapsing middle class,” he writes, “after thirty years of an economy designed to stack the deck in favor of the big guys; after thirty years of a political and constitutional system increasingly rigged to work for economic elites — after all this, the people revolted. Ganesh Sitaraman
If the election had been held on October 27, I would be your President. Hillary Clinton
The moment we cross over that divide [just before the election making public the secret information that Nixon had been sabotaging Vietnam Peace Talks], we are in a different kind of society. Dean Rusk
The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the results of the 2016 election. There can be no doubt about it. Steve Bannon
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. Mitt Romney
There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts. Ivanka Trump
What becomes of the precious right to vote? Anthony Kennedy
Hillary [Clinton] was selected by only 8 percent of the population. [Donald] Trump, by only 7 percent Joseph A. Califano Jr.
You can't win an election unless you have a message. John Kasich
Elections are separated from the process of endowing the state with power; they mount to an expensive ritual Gleb Pavlovsky
You have to have candidates who can actually win. The winners make policy; the losers go home. Mitch McConnell
I am looking foward to the day when we have more women in the U. S. Senate that there were victims of Harvey Weistein's sexual harassment. Amy Klobuchar
The government that has imprisoned more journalists than any other in the world was democratically elected. Fareed Zakaria

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