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American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age. Marshall McLuhan
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. Abraham Lincoln
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion. Edmund Burke
The regime is afraid of the people because it knows that free and fair elections will bring about its end. Viktor Yushchenko
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. H. L. Mencken
You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas. David Crockett
Suffrage is the pivotal right. Susan B. Anthony
A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows. O. Henry
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. Charles de Montesquieu
A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls. Al Gore
Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against. W. C. Fields
The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. Lyndon B. Johnson
Voting is a civic sacrament. Theodore Hesburgh
Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours. Grover Cleveland
... one of the most monumental laws in the entire history of American freedom. Lyndon B. Johnson
The Motor Voter bill would turn every agency, bureau and office of state government into a vast voter registration machine. Mitch McConnell
... political pornography. Wall Street Journal
History did not end in 1965. Largely because of the Voting Rights Act, voting tests were abolished, disparities in voter registration and turnout due to race were erased and African-Americans attained political office in record numbers. John Roberts
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
The doctrine of representation is a large subject, and it is certain that it ought to be extended as far as wisdom and policy can allow; nor do I see that either of these forbid widows having property from voting, notwithstanding it has never been the practice either here or in England. Perhaps 'twas thought rather out of character for women to press into those tumultuous assemblages of men where the business of choosing representatives is conducted. Richard Henry Lee
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
There are different ways to get responsive government leaders but one of the more effective ways is to have them democratically elected. Paul Wolfowitz
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
We are glad and proud to think that even in so conservative a body as the Legislative Council there is a majority of men who are guided by the principles of reason and justice, who desire to see their womenkind treated as reasonable beings, and who have triumphed over prejudice, narrow-mindedness and selfishness Katherine Wilson Sheppard
Is it right that your mother, your sister... should be classed with criminals and lunatics...? Is it right that while the loafer, the gambler, the drunkard, and even the wife-beater has a vote, earnest, educated and refined women are denied it?... Is it right... that a mother... should be thought unworthy of a vote that is freely given to the blasphemer, the liar, the seducer, and the profligate? Katherine Wilson Sheppard
We [the clergy] have a threefold responsibility to people: get them baptized, get them saved and get them registered to vote. Jerry Falwell
A referendum is like playing Russian roulette. Stanley Hoffman
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
The first time I voted, I voted for myself. Alexei Buzu
I voted for Buchanan because I didn’t know him and voted against Fremont because I did know him. Ulysses S. Grant
…by gerrymandering the State, seven hundred Democratic votes were equal to one thousand Republican votes. Gustave Koerner
If Voting Changed Anything They’d Abolish It Ken Livingstone
Negroes could not vote in those days. When I went to Massachusetts and ran for office, it was the first time in my life that I ever voted. Edward Brooke
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
Cynicism, disgust and apathy are really intelligent responses to the state of American politics. Molly Ivins
The right to vote belongs to every Polish citizen without distinction of sex, who, on the day of the proclamation of the elections, is twenty-one years of age Poland
Those who have the immense dishonesty to fight with a ballot box in one hand and a rifle in the other have no place in democratic politics. Neil Kinnock
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
Recognition of the principle ‘one man, one vote’ as a constitutional one redeems the promise of self-governance by affirming the essential dignity of every citizen to equal participation in the democratic process. William J. Brennan, Jr.
You can't vote your hates; you've got to vote your hopes. Hubert Humphrey
They exercise it by proxy, as we all know. Females send their votes to the ballot box by their husbands or other male friends. Timothy Howe
A referendum is little more than a "rumour of choice." The idea behind the mechanism, ever since its first modern manifestations two centuries ago under Napoleon, has been to replace democracy with the sensation of democracy. That is: to replace the slow, complex, eternally unclear continuity of democracy, and all the awkwardness of citizen participation, with something clear and fast which allows those in power to impose their agenda. Through an apparently simple question with a one-syllable answer, those who ask can get a blank cheque from the citizenry; that is, if they choose their moment well and come up with a winning question. John Ralston Saul
The personal attendance and intervention of women in election proceedings...would be a practical evil not only of the gravest but even of an intolerable character. William E. Gladstone
If the communists can bring together 300 million Russians and China almost a billion Chinese, we ought to be able to get together with Alabama. Lyndon B. Johnson
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
I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year. Walden O'Dell
How … can one person be given twice or ten times the voting power of another person ... merely because he lives in a rural area. Earl Warren
Logically, in a society ostensibly grounded on representative government, it would seem reasonable that a majority of the people in a State would elect a majority of that State’s legislators. Earl Warren
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
Every planter South of the Potomac has three votes in effect for every five slaves he keeps in bondage; while a New England farmer who contributes ten-fold as much to the support of the Government has only a single vote. John Quincy Adams
I demand . . . the franchise for all loyal citizens George Sewel Boutwell
The conception of political equality can mean only one thing—one person–one vote. Earl Warren
This nation . . . has not yet reached the point of giving all men their rights by a suffrage amendment; three-fourths of the States are not ready Samuel Clarke Pomeroy
This House is not prepared to enfranchise all men. Samuel McKee
The northern states, most of them, do not permit negroes to vote. Some of them have repeatedly and lately pronounced against it. Therefore, even if it were defensible as a principle for the Central Government to absorb by amendment the power to control the action of the States in such a matter, would it not be futile to ask three-quarters of the States to do for themselves and others, by ratifying such an amendment, the very thing most of them have already refused to do in their own cases? Roscoe Conkling
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
An election could end up exacerbating deep divisions. John Zogby
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
We have no standard by which to measure the disaster that may be brought upon us by ignorance and vice in the citizens when joined to corruption and fraud in the suffrage. James A. Garfield
We do not know whether the present House of Commons will be prepared to do justice to women. A few months ago there can be little doubt that it would, and nothing that has since happened supplies any adequate reason for a change of purpose. The follies and excesses of a small section of women, deeply resented and regretted by the vast majority of women, ought not to be allowed to weigh in the balance against a claim which has been admitted to be just. Charles Prestwich Scott
I shall not vote because I do not aspire to advise my sovereign on the choice of her servants. Evelyn Waugh
What we suffragettes aspire to be when we are enfranchised is ambassadors of freedom to women in other parts of the world, who are not so free as we are. Christabel Pankhurst
Give women the vote, and in five years there will be a crushing tax on bachelors. George Bernard Shaw
No writer before the middle of the 19th century wrote about the working classes other than as grotesque or as pastoral decoration. Then when they were given the vote, certain writers started to suck up to them. 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 Great Guarantee; and the only sufficient Guarantee Charles Sumner
The right of suffrage can be denied by a debasement or dilution of the weight of a citizen’s vote just as effectively as by wholly prohibiting the free exercise of the franchise. Earl Warren
Negro suffrage is political arsenic. If it is not, why do not the free States open wide their throats and gulp down the graceful and invigorating draught? Garrett Davis
Is there a single man among you who would vote for negro suffrage if he believed the negroes would vote the Democratic ticket? Not one, and you know it. Aaron Harding
The Federal Government has no power to regulate the elective franchise in any state. John Bingham
The right to vote . . . depends on the legislation of the various States Lyman Trumbull
You may elect whatever candidates you please to office, if you will allow me to select the candidates. William Marcy Tweed
The question of primary elections is one of government for the people and by the people. Under our system of government by political parties, two elements, equal in importance, are involved in the exercise of suffrage; one, the making of the ballot; the other, the casting of the ballot. The right to cast the ballot is regarded as sacred. The right to make the ballot is equally sacred. No man would be willing to delegate his power to vote the ballot at general elections. No man shall be compelled to delegate his power to make his ballot. Robert M. La Follette
I do not want any Catholic in the United States of America to vote for me on the 6th of November because I am a Catholic. Alfred E. Smith
I don't want your vote. I want something more important. I want your commitment to think. Because once you start thinking, I'll get your vote. Harold Winch
Voters do not decide issues. They decide who will decide issues. George Will
I told the stories of the soldiers who don’t get a vote on whether or not they are on the battlefield. Katherine M. Skiba
If you are a representative, and poor people don’t vote, you’re not going to pay particular attention to the needs of the poor. Sheldon Hackney
If you are not electing Christians, you are voting to legislate sin. Katherine Harris
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
Casino slot machines in Las Vegas are far better audited than are electronic voting machines. Debra Bowen
No one gives away their vote for free if somebody will pay for it. Stephen Kotkin
One of the chief principles for which I have stood is the genuine rule of the people. I hope that the people may be given the chance, through direct primaries, to express their preference as to who shall be the nominee. Theodore Roosevelt
If we permit ourselves to be ill served, to be served by corrupt and incompetent and inefficient men, then on our own head must the blame rest. Theodore Roosevelt
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
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
Women stock is rising in the market. I shall not live to see women vote, but I'll come and rap at the ballot box. Lydia M. Child
Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing. Bernard Baruch
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
Competition for votes sends parties in a two-party system toward the center. Anthony Downs
Is it not natural that a man who is a candidate for the favor of the people, and who is dependant on the suffrages of his fellow-citizens for the continuation of his public honors, should take care to inform himself of their dispositions and inclinations…? This dependant [creates] strong chords of sympathy between the Representative and the constituent. Alexander Hamilton
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
As for participation in politics itself we should consider that if the parliaments and congresses of these countries do not have any Muslim members, then this will pave the way for the opposition to come forth with their harmful views and policies, which will consequently be incorporated into the laws of their countries and bring harm to the Muslims. Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah
I'd rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don't want, and get it. Eugene V. Debs
In each electoral district the voters are divided into three classes according to the amount of their taxes; the first class is made up of the wealthiest, enough of them to pay the first third of taxes (sometimes one or two millionaires will suffice); the second is made up of the moderately wealthy, who pay the second third of the taxes; and the third is made up of all the other adult males, who together pay the last third. Each class chooses an elector, and the three electors from each district choose the representative of that district. Under these conditions the mass of the people, who, of course, are crowded together in the third class, can always be voted down by a comparatively small number voting in the other two classes. Anton Pannekoek
Have election day on a weekend so that people can vote. Al Franken
Women, what age soever they are of, are not considered as having a sufficient acquired discretion to exercise the franchise Theophilus Parsons
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
Redistricting has always taken place behind closed doors, with zero public input Pam Wilmot
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
A Chinaman running under the star was bound to be elected. Anonymous
Festival of Democracy Anonymous
Voters are people with the God-given right to decide who will waste their money for them. Anonymous
If voting could change anything, they would have made it illegal. Anonymous
It doesn’t matter who you vote for. The government always gets in. Anonymous
It is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise. Anonymous
Australian Ballot Anonymous
Let them suffer away! Anonymous
Never vote for a tax bill or against an appropriation bill. Anonymous
One Man. One Vote Anonymous
Re-Elect Gore in 2004 Anonymous
Laboring men of America, the voices of 1776 ring down through the corridors of time and tell you to strike monopolies and combinations that are eating out the heart of the Nation. Not with glittering musket, flaming sword or deadly cannon, but with the silent, potent and all-powerful ballot, the only vestige of liberty left. Anonymous
We Are Mortgaged. All But Our Votes. Anonymous
We don't all sing, we don't all dance and we don't all vote Democratic. Anonymous
While we are not allowed the Privilege of freemen of the State having no vote or Influence in the Election of those that Tax us yet many of our Colour (as is well known) have cheerfully Entered the field of Battle in the defense of the Common Cause ... Anonymous
Wilsonia Anonymous
You don't need a home to vote! Anonymous
You don't need to fool all of the people all of the time. You only need to fool the majority of the people once every four years or so. Anonymous
Most people vote against somebody, rather than for somebody. Franklin P. Adams
General [Thomas] Metcalfe, member of the House from Kentucky ... is the Administration candidate for Governor of the State, and according to the usage of that part of the country, must before the election travel round the State and offer himself to the people and solicit their votes. His competitor has already made his canvassing tour. 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
Look at this face. Is it black enough? I want you to vote for me. Oscar Adams
The vote, in the hands of an ignorant man, without either property of self respect, will be used to the damage of the people at large; for the rich man, without honor or any kind of patriotism, will purchase it, and with it swamp the rights of a free people. Alexander II
... elections are no longer representative. Hassan Al-Turabi
Convicts and lunatics have no vote for Parliament. Should all women be classed with those? Emily J. Harding Andrews
Handcuffs. If you believe I am a common criminal for voting, then handcuff me. Susan B. Anthony
Well I've gone and done it. Susan B. Anthony
We'll get out the [black] vote, but we need the white vote to win. Richard Arrington Jr.
We do not expect much from a pre-election [American] government. It is hostage to the election process. Hanan Ashrawi
When I have to choose between voting for the people or voting for the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget. Henry F. Ashurst
The electorate suspects and distrusts men of superb intellect … Henry F. Ashurst
Voters do not care about those kinds of things. Democrats get totally preoccupied with things that voters don't care about. Lee Atwater
New thoughts excite The voter's dread. Be sure you're trite, And go ahead. Axiphiles
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
Influence elected government officials, don't just elect them. Your right is to govern yourselves, not just to choose your governors. Benjamin R. Barber
Can we in good conscience expect youth to work within the system when we deny them that very opportunity? Birch Bayh
The British electors will not vote for a man who doesn’t wear a hat. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
Before the century is out people will be voting with their computers. Robert Beckel
A man without a vote is in this land like a man without a hand. Henry Ward Beecher
If every man in New York tonight who had broken the Seventh Commandment voted for Cleveland, he would be elected by a 200,000 vote majority. Henry Ward Beecher
Laughable Mary Frances Berry
Voting in Florida is like there’s some kind of goody in a box and you want to get it, but you’ve got to be persistent to get it. Mary Frances Berry
Vote: The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country. Ambrose Bierce
“Vote early and vote often” is the Politishun’s golden rule. Josh Billings
As nearly as practicable one man's vote in a congressional election is to be worth as much as another's. Hugo Black
Add to the voting constituency [of New York State] one million educated women who can read and write the English language. Then women will be respected, for power always commands respect. Henry Blackwell
We must not repeat the Florida fiasco. The way we vote and count our votes should be consistent with modern technology. Kenneth Blackwell
Your vote will give the government a legitimacy it does not deserve. Allan Boesak
One goal of empowerment is to gain influence in as many elections as possible.... Beware of plans that pack you into super-minority districts, that ghettoize minorities. Mark Bohannon
The shop is only open one day a year. Rudolph E. Boschwitz
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
No one ever asserts that politics has no role in apportionment or redistricting. Ronald H. Brown
One of the reasons why voters are turned off is the process [of modern presidential campaigns]. Ronald H. Brown
The larger percentage of people you have registered, the larger percentage of people you will have voting. Ronald H. Brown
When voter get a chance to vote, they vote their hopes rather than their fears. Ronald H. Brown
You've got to jump through all kinds of hoops to vote in America. Ronald H. Brown
I mean to live my life as an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. William F. Buckley Jr.
Too many people are voting. William F. Buckley Jr.
Why do we want dumb votes? William F. Buckley Jr.
The undecideds could go one way or the other. George W. Bush
It is no exaggeration to say that undecided voters could go either way. George W. Bush
Ought not every man who pays a tax, to vote for the representative who is to levy and dispose of his money. Pierce Butler
The danger of democracy has always been the danger of an electorate seized by passivity. Dalton Camp
This is representative government, and Indians have very little political clout because for the most part, they don't vote. But white ranchers and farmers do vote. Ben Nighthorse Campbell
No election in the United States is wholly free from human or machine error. William Canfield
As of right now, I have two votes, mine and Jimmy's. I'm sure of Jimmy because he said he is gonna vote for me and Jimmy never tells a lie. Billy Carter
If all the things the Republicans are saying about me are true, I wouldn't vote for myself either. Jimmy Carter
Are you honest people or thieves? Jimmy Carter
One man shall have one vote. John Cartwright
We will soon know whether the Supreme Court choose the President of the United States or the people of Florida chose the President. 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
For you will seem either not to esteem government worth much, or to think few worthy to hold it. Cato the Elder; Cato the Censor; Marcus Porcius Cato
A referendum in many of our states means to defer woman suffrage until the most ignorant, most narrow-minded, most un-American, are ready for it. Carrie Chapman Catt
American women who know the history of this country will always resent the fact that American men chose to enfranchise Negroes fresh from slavery before enhancing their wives and mothers. Carrie Chapman Catt
The electoral college system turned out, contrary to the words of the Founding Fathers, to be a historical blunder, a real blunder. Emanuel Celler
The voting business in the South will regulate itself. Joshua Chamberlain
Universal suffrage is our ultimate goal. Anson Chan
The fact that a man is to vote forces him to think. John Jay Chapman
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
We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
Nothing would induce me to vote for giving women the franchise. I am not going to be henpecked into a question of such importance. Winston Churchill
Women will vote by 1917. James B. Clark
Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust. Grover Cleveland
The laboring man in this bounteous and hospitable country has no ground for complaint. His vote is potential and he is elevated thereby to the position of a man. Henry Clews
The only way they could win the election was by stopping the voting in Florida. 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
Voters are naturally suspicious of politicians. 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
Voters instinctively know that they will have to live with the consequences of their decision. Bill Clinton
I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate them, people must like you before they will vote for you. William S. Cohen
That a majority of people can vote against a government, and yet that government still remains in power does not raise confidence in our democracy. Linda Colley
Feel the power. Vote America. William Cosby
When the day of election approaches, visit your constituents far and wide. Treat liberally, and drink freely, in order to rise in their estimation, though you fall in your own. True, you may be called a drunken dog by some of the clean shirt and silk stocking gentry, but the real rough necks will style you a jovial fellow, their votes are certain, and frequently count double. David Crockett
It has ever been my opinion that the electors have a right to instruct their members. For my part, I shall always think it my duty in Parliament to be guided by your counsels and instructions. I shall consider myself the servant of my constituents, not their master—subservient to their will, not superior to it. Henry Cruger
We should hold the presidential elections at least a few weeks before the congressional election so that the voters will know which party will control the White House. Lloyd Cutler
The United States is the only major democracy where divided government has become the norm.... For those who are disappointed in the current performance of our national political system, the fault, dear voters, may not be in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are ticket-splitters. Lloyd Cutler
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
People don’t have to run to the polls. They just have to get there and vote for me. Gray Davis
The ballot can give our civilization its crowning glory—the Cooperative Commonwealth. Eugene V. Debs
Voting for socialism is not socialism any more than a menu is a meal.... Of far greater importance is the economic organization of the working class. Eugene V. Debs
[The freeholders are] the best guardians of liberty, and the restrictions of the right [of suffrage] to them was a necessary defense against the dangerous influence of those multitudes without property and without principle with which our country, like all others, will in time abound. John Dickinson
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
For Haitians to vote means more than in Western countries. It is the way for the millions, who live in dirt and poverty, to prove to themselves that they are human. It is the difference between eternal darkness and light. Jean Dominique
All voting systems are capable of being corrupted. most of them have been or will be ... simply because voting is the way we determine who gets power in this great country. Craig Donsanto
The first step toward liberation is to use the power in hand ... and the power in hand is the vote. Helen Gahagan
There is more to the right to vote than the right to mark a piece of paper and drop it in a box or the right to pull a lever in a voting booth .... It also includes the right to have the vote counted at full value without dilution or discount. William O. Douglas
When corruption enters, the election is no longer free, the choice of the people is affected. William O. Douglas
Disenfranchisement is the deliberate theft and robbery of the only protection of poor against rich and black against white. W. E. B. Du Bois
Divide the floaters [undecided voters] into blocks of five and put a trusted man with necessary funds in charge of these five and make him responsible that none get away and that all vote our ticket. William W. Dudley
No matter whether th' Constitution follows th' flag or not, the Supreme Coort follows th' iliction returns. Finley Peter Dunne
Whin a man gets to be my age, he ducks pol-itical meetin's, an' r-reads th' papers an' weighs th' evidence an' th' argymints—pro-argymints an' con-argyments—an' makes up his mind ca'mly, an' votes th' Dimmycratic ticket. Finley Peter Dunne
The Voting Rights Act is a voter protection act, not a candidate or incumbent protection act. John Dunne
My boy, the only place in this world that you find unanimity is in the graveyard. And even there, I have heard it said, at election time the dead have been known to vote in various ways! Maurice L. Duplessis
The only place you find unanimity is in the graveyard. And even there, I have heard it said, at election times the dead have been known to vote in various ways. Maurice L. Duplessis
The South will have to protect herself in the electoral college. James O. Eastland
It seems to me there has been some systematic disenfranchisement of voters … because people haven’t cared enough to spend the money to have good voting systems and voter education. Christopher Edley Jr.
That which touches all should be approved by all. Quod omnes tangit, debet ab omnibus approbari. Edward I; Edward “Longshanks” Plantagenet
A voter without a ballot is like a soldier without a bullet. Dwight D. Eisenhower
George Minot [a Concord neighbor] thinks that it is of no use balloting, for it will not stay, but what you do with the gun will stay so. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: T'is but one step more to think one vote will do no harm. Ralph Waldo Emerson
What they were seeking to steal was not the jewels, money or other property of American citizens, but something much more valuable—their most precious heritage, the right to vote in a free election. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
One of the things about the electoral system in the United States, in general, is that it is very susceptible to class. In poorer neighborhoods you are going to have a lower turnout. This country is very much a middle-class country. When you're talking about poor or working-class people, there are not many vehicles for mobilizing them. Angelo Falcon
You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side. [It was.] William E. Gladstone
People vote for their dreams and fears. Martin Goldfarb
The Democrats want to save more on defense so they can spend more money to buy votes through the welfare state. Barry Goldwater
Who takes the blame: the leader who talks of poverty but lives in luxury, or the poor who choose a leader of that type? Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
[Urging a referendum:] The issue of private ownership of land is too critical a decision to be left to the government. Mikhail Gorbachev
The extension of suffrage will not forbid the supremacy of intelligence. Ulysses S. Grant
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
Politicians in this country have been more concerned with maintaining a positive public opinion of the white electorate than they have with upholding their oath to implement the Constitution. Dick Gregory
In a democracy citizens are entitled to know what is in store for them before they vote. William Greider
There are a hell of a lot more rednecks out there than people who eat crepes suzette. Mickey Griffin
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
Elections alone will never be enough to ensure good governance. Thomas Friedman
Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting. Robert Frost
Registration is a necessary—but not sufficient—condition for voting. Curtis Gans
The public will vote if they have something important to vote for or against. Curtis Gans
War they [women] understand least, and from it they instinctively recoil. There is danger in this situation. Women now have the vote, and they outnumber the men.... In spite of themselves we must protect the ladies! Bradley A. Fiske
Rich people are powerful in wealth but few in votes. Ray Flynn
To arms Republicans ... Every Republican in Wisconsin should go armed to the polls on Election Day. The grain stacks, houses, and barns of active Democrats should be burned; their children burned and their wives outraged, that they may understand that the Republican party is the one which is bound to rule, and the one they should vote for or keep their vile carcasses away from the polls. If they go to the polls ... meet them on the road, in the bush, on the hill, or anywhere, and shoot every one of the base cowards and agitators. If they are too strong in any locality, and succeed on putting their opposition votes into the ballot box, break open the box and tear in shreds their discord-breathing ballots. Fond du Lac Commonwealth
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 animosities of elections should have no place in our Government, for government must concern itself alone with the common weal. Herbert Hoover
I've always voted for Franklin Roosevelt for President. My father before me always voted for Franklin Roosevelt for President. Bob Hope
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
Votes for Ladies International Labour Party
We receive from America the right to vote as Americans, for America's weal, and if we cannot use our privilege as Americans we should surrender it. John Ireland
The way to address our grievances is to engage in that most revolutionary of activities—voting. Maynard Jackson
To me, the most compelling reason for lowering the voting age [to 18] is that American politics needs the infusion that younger voting would give it. Jacob K. Javits
The people who own the country ought to govern it. John Jay
A Vote For Every Man, Whether He Owns Property Or Not Thomas Jefferson
We may lessen the danger of buying and selling votes, by making the number of voters too great for any means of purchase. Thomas Jefferson
Our maxim of that day [1776] was "where annual election ends, tyranny begins. Thomas Jefferson
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Saint Jerome; Hieronymus
Discrimination in voting is something that no American in his heart may justify. Lyndon B. Johnson
Don't you shit me. Lyndon B. Johnson
If you protect a person's right to vote, then he'll protect himself better than you can. Lyndon B. Johnson
Public confidence in the elective process is the foundation of public confidence in government. Lyndon B. Johnson
The age of eighteen, far more than the age of twenty-one, has been and is the age of maturity in America—and never more than now. Lyndon B. Johnson
Well, what the hell's the presidency for? Lyndon B. Johnson
Voting is the first duty of democracy. Lyndon B. Johnson
Though we cannot out-vote them we will out-argue them. Samuel 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
If you pass this 19th Amendment, you ratify the 15th .... Any Southerner doing this is a traitor to his section. J. M. Jones
In no sense of the word am I in sympathy with women’s suffrage ….I have no vote and I’ve raised hell all over this country. Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
A growing number of people in this country do not believe that it makes a real difference who is elected President of the United States. Hamilton Jordan
Universal suffrage exists in the United States without producing any frightful consequences. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Who are to be the electors? Not the rich more than the poor, not the learned more than the ignorant, not the haughty heirs of distinguished names more than the humble sons of obscure and unpropitious fortune. The electors are to be the great body of the people of the United States. James Madison
Voters are looking for something new. Ellen Malcolm
If they're not voting, we're not touching their heads and hearts. Lynn Martin
Voting is still the most exciting thing we do as Americans together. Lynn Martin
We must demonstrate our power by exercising our right to vote. Julian Martinez
Came Ms. Margarett Brent and requested to have vote in the howse for her selfe and voyce also ... The Governor denyed that the said Ms. Brent should have any vote in the howse. And the said Ms. Brent protested against all proceedings in this present Assembly, unlesse shee may be present and have vote as aforesaid. Maryland
You're proving you're a dope who has been duped if you do vote. Hardly a word of truth seems to come from either Presidential candidate, and they want me to confirm their opinion of me as an idiot by helping either of them get elected. Jackie Mason
The great majority of their sex do not want the ballot, and that to force it upon them would not only be an injustice to women, but would lessen their influence for good. Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women
Can you imagine on-line voting. Even when your body has to show up, they manage to cheat somehow. Christopher Matthews
The general assumption of the democratic process is that you identify candidates who come closest to you in terms of values and positions. The problem is many voters are never given the kind of information they need to make the decision. James B. Mayfield
I admit that we are not encouraging Negro voting. The Negroes prefer that control of the government remain in the white man’s hands. William D. McCain
Women have cleaned up things since time began, and if women get into politics there will be a cleanup. Nellie L. McClung
An election year is no time for nuances. Mary McGrory
This don't go here. [A major riot ensued.] John Y. McKane
If he [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] became convinced tomorrow that coming out for cannibalism would get him the votes he so sorely needs, he would begin fattening a missionary on the White House backyard come Wednesday. H. L. Mencken
The public always tires of its messiahs, and soon or late invariably turns them out, whether they be good, which is uncommon, or bad, which is the rule. 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
In times not long gone by, the higher and richer classes were in complete possession of the government. Their power was the master grievance of the country. The habit of voting at the bidding of an employer, or of a landlord, was so firmly established, that hardly anything was capable of shaking it John Stuart Mill
Political discussions fly over the heads of those who have no votes, and are not endeavoring to acquire them. 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
Representative institutions are of little value, and may be a mere instrument of tyranny or intrigue, when the generality of electors [voters] are not sufficiently interested in their own government to give their vote, or, if they vote at all, do not bestow their suffrages on public grounds, but sell them for money, or vote at the beck of some one who has control over them 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
When nobody, or only some small fraction, feels the degree of interest in the general affairs of the State necessary to the formation of a public opinion, the electors will seldom make any use of the right of suffrage but to serve their private interest, or the interest of their locality, or of some one with whom they are connected as adherents or dependents. John Stuart Mill
Slavery is not a national evil; on the contrary, it is a national benefit. Involuntary slavery has the advantage, since all who enjoy political liberty are then in fact free. Wealth gives no influence at the polls [in the South]; it does where white men perform the menial services which slaves do here. Stephen D. Miller
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
Give the votes to people who have no property and they will sell them to the rich, who will be able to buy them. Gouverneur Morris
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
Far be it for me to encourage women to vote, or take an active part in politics in the present state of our government. Her right to the elective franchise, however, is the same, and should be yielded to her, whether she exercise that right or not. Lucretia Mott
Rock the Vote MTV
I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall ultimately triumph. Thomas Muir
I’m not ready to hand over power to people or groups of people who have no ability to manage a nation. Yoweri Museveni
In 1920, at the height of one of the "Red scares," the New York State legislature voted to unseat five legally elected Socialist assemblymen:] The ballot is the legitimate weapon of the Socialists just as it is of the general public. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The direct primary is the salvation of American politics. It vests responsibility where it belongs—in the people. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Americans need national voter registration reform to break down the barriers that discourage and discriminate. Susan S. Lederman
A delegate cannot have a delegate. Vicarius non habet vicarium. Legal maxim
People don't really like anyone. It is the crisis of our young democracy Yuri A. Levada
How can we tell our children if we do not make reasonable efforts to count every vote. Joseph I. Lieberman
Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets. Abraham Lincoln
Except it be to give protection against violence, I decline to interfere in any way with any Presidential election. Abraham Lincoln
Give all of the governed a voice in their government; that and that alone is self government. 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
I go for sharing the privileges of government who assist in the bearing the burdens. Consequently I go for admitting all whites to the rights of suffrage who pay taxes or bear arms, by no means excluding females. Abraham Lincoln
Now that the election is over ..., reunite in a common effort, to save our common country. Abraham Lincoln
Do not mistake that the ballot is stronger than the bullet. 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 the Constitution does not allow women to vote, then the Constitution should be amended or abolished. Belva Lockwood
If we can lower the voting age to nine, we are going to sweep the state. John F. Kennedy
[The President should] get a voting bill [from Congress] that will end the necessity for any more voting rights bills. Martin Luther King Jr.
This is Selma, Alabama where there are more Negroes in jail with me than there are on the voting rolls. Martin Luther King Jr.
The people in this country have always been afraid of power. Now, maybe the powerful are becoming a little afraid of the people. Vitaly Korotich
Jews are as rich as Episcopalians, but they vote like Puerto Ricans. Irving Kristol
Voting for socialism is not socialism any more than a menu is a meal. Eugene V. Debs
Our votes will not be wasted. I feel good about voting for myself. You’ll feel good voting for me. Dave Hollist
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
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
That every elector, before he is admitted to vote, shall, if required by the returning-officer or either of the inspectors, take an oath, or, if of the people called Quakers, an affirmation, of allegiance to the State. New York State
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
Treat the native as a child and withdraw the franchise. Cecil Rhodes
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
If the Russian voters prefer Boris Yeltsin, then we are really a country of idiots. Vladimir Zhirinovsky
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
The president lost the popular vote but won the election by litigation. David Inglesius
No people ever learned how to vote except by voting. George W. Cable
The vote, however legal it may be, is revolutionary when on the basis of class candidatures it organizes France of labor against France of capital. Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
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
The policy of rewarding those who learn to read and write by giving them a chance to vote remain in operation in New England for many years as an influence tending to reduce illiteracy Francis G. Caffey
There was a price paid for the freedom that we have. And that price was paid in blood…. Somebody paid a price for us to have access to that ballot box. Donna Brazile
Your vote is your voice. Tavis Smiley
What the people of Zimbabwe did in almost impossible conditions was to show that you can defeat the dictator and you can defeat the dictator in peaceful, non violent peaceful change. That five minutes in the ballot box on the 29 th of March 2008 was freedom and our people used pens instead of bombs and they struck a blow at the dictator. So we have been vindicated. The people of Zimbabwe have been vindicated. Everything that we have been saying in the last 15 years that: We have a dictator; that this dictator is unpopular and that we want change - has been vindicated Tendai Biti
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
There are certain elections where policy matters more than others….Personality without a platform will not cut it. Charles E. Schumer
Polls are after all places where you stand in line for a chance to decide who will spend your money. Peter de Noronha
Any woman who is single, a taxpayer and has sufficient property should be allowed to vote Henry Hunt
Those of you who believe that the nigger is your equal and ought to be on the same plane as the white have a perfect right to believe that and vote for Mr. Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln
The British people don’t want me anymore. Winston Churchill
The Government should be prepared to consider the Charter in Parliament. There is no wisdom in letting complaints be rejected and pikes made Charles James Napier
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
Votes for women didn’t come until the 1920’s. Votes for Blacks didn’t effectively come until the 1960’s. Harold Evans
I know that a mother's advice is safest for her boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification. Henry Thomas Burn
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
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
Hopeless people do not vote. They don’t think that they can change anything anymore. Connie Schultz
In all elections, all white male inhabitants above the age of twenty-one years, having resided in the State one year next preceding the election, and who have paid or are charged with a State or county tax, shall enjoy the right of an elector;… Ohio
Every male person, being twenty-one years of age, and resident in any particular town in this Commonwealth for the space of one year next preceding, having a freehold estate within the same town, of the annual income of three pounds, or any estate of the value of sixty pounds, shall have a right to vote … Massachusetts
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
The elections were not free and fair. Many people had registered more than once, and voted several times. Often, men with guns had forced people to vote for Karzai; they had also tried to intimidate me during my election campaign. Massouda Jalal
It is doubtful that President Mubarak or the Saudi Royal family will allow elections that might sweep them from office. London Times
The Iraqi election is the Iraqi happy day in our history Nithal Al-Alusi
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
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
In the argument, it was said that a colored citizen would not be an agreeable member of society. This is more a matter of taste than of law. Several of the States have admitted persons of color to the right of suffrage… John McLean
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
The ballots don’t make the results—the counters make the results. William Marcy Tweed
There is nothing wrong with this country that a good election can’t fix. Richard Nixon
… no person shall be qualified as an elector: a) in a Muslim constituency if he is not a Muslim; b) in a Sikh constituency if he is not a Sikh c) in a Hindu constituency if he is either a Muslim or a Sikh. Kashmir
I didn’t get enough votes. Joseph I. Lieberman
Such is the boasted chivalry of the Land of Freedom, which has left its women to strive against tradition, prejudice, conservatism, self-interest, political power and in addition all the forces of corruption combined, to secure the privilege which was conferred upon vast numbers of men who never even demanded it and many of whom knew nothing of its significance after it was granted. Anna Howard Shaw
I cannot recall a single case where a Vice President contributed one electoral vote in a Presidential election. John F. Kennedy
The great constitutional corrective in the hands of the people against usurpation of power, or corruption by their agents is the right of suffrage… Andrew Jackson
A government which results from election is more divine than one which results from succession. Bartolo of Sassoferrato
The granting of civil rights does not, and never did in this country, carry with it…political privileges. Lyman Trumbull
Women are citizens, children are citizens; but they do not exercise the elective franchise by virtue of their citizenship. Lyman Trumbull
I made the decision when I was promoted to colonel that I would no longer vote in national elections because I feel that its my job to serve the Commander in Chief. Ray Odierno
Inasmuch as the said Aaron Lopez hath declared himself by religion a Jew, this assembly doth not admit himself and any other of that religion to the full freedom of this Colony. So that the said Aaron Lopez nor any other of said religion is not liable to be chosen into any office of this Colony or allowed to give vote as a free man in choosing others. Rhode Island
The poorest he that is in England hath a life to live as the greatest he, and therefore truly, sir, I think it is clear to every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government Thomas Rainborough
No man hath a right to an interest or share in the disposing of the affairs of the kingdom... that hath not a permanent fixed interest in this kingdom. Henry Ireton
More and more, the Negro vote is becoming the decisive power in National politics. The Negro vote is the balance of power in so many important big states that one almost has to have the Negro vote to win a Presidential election. Martin Luther King Jr.
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
A good woman is one who loves her husband and loves her country and has no desire to run either of them. William McKinley
I'm a bloody chief justice of Namibia. I've got a degree in political science. But I've never been inside a polling booth in my life. So of course it's a momentous day Ismail Mohamed
We will not allow anyone to poke their snotty nose into our affairs Vladimir Putin
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
Since the poor don’t vote, and the rich are too few to mention, the middle class chooses all by itself who runs the country. Clive Crook
Ohio was voted wet by the people and dry by its misrepresentatives. Will Rogers
Getting people to vote is the only way to break this tragic coalition in Congress. Martin Luther King Jr.
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
It is indeed wonderful when one wakes up in the morning to remember that now, at last, one is considered to be a real, complete human being! After thirty years of endeavor to make men understand they were only half the world… the price we have paid for our enfranchisement is too heavy, some of us find, to allow us to rejoice in the light-hearted, happy fashion we used to picture in old days, but we are filled with a deep and earnest thankfulness. Isabella Ormston Ford
I must write you a line of deepest sympathy. I know how you must be suffering about Constance. We cannot disguise from ourselves that our old Constance has gone forever. I feel, whatever it may be in the future, for the moment she has passed out of the lives of her family. She has become an impersonal being, and no one will feel this so much as you. Emily Lutyens
The returns before us indicate the election of ABRAHAM LINCOLN President of the United States. The result anticipated has become a gratifying reality. . . . It is enough that the great fact stands out clearly . . . that LINCOLN is elected president, and that the principle of intimidation, so persistently and wickedly brought to bear on this election by Southern extremists and their allies the Northern Democratic panic makers, has signally failed. . . . All honor to freemen of this Republic; congratulations warm and hearty be theirs, for the great principle of the defense of freedom within the free territories of the United States, to establish which the Republican Party entered upon this canvass, has its complete vindication in signal victory. . . . Stretching out our hands to the South over this victory, we have no word of taunt to utter for the threats of disunion which were raised for our defeat. Let those threats be buried in oblivion; for through the long vista of this success we see a reign of peace from Slavery agitation, established simply by that circumscribing of Slavery within its local bounds, and that firm defense of the integrity of National Freedom, which this triumph of the Republican party on the 6th of November, 1860, seals now and henceforth. New York Enquirer
The election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency is the first triumph of a great political revolution. It does not mean evil to any section of the country. It is not only regular and lawful, but is necessary to restore the old spirit and policy of the country, and give peace to the land. It comes hard for those Southern extremists to be driven from power without any hope of returning to it; but they will submit to necessity and become less dangerous, for the sentiment of the Southern people will constrain them to good behavior. Mr. Lincoln will be inaugurated peacefully, and we believe confidently that his administration will reproduce the era of good feeling. Worcester Daily Spy
The returns received and published yesterday left little or no doubt of the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency. Today we publish enough to make it certain. The event is the most deplorable one that has happened in the history of the country. The Union may be preserved in spite of it. We think it will; but we are prepared to expect trouble. We have already one sign from South Carolina, and this may be followed by others of more serious character. Richmond Dispatch
We have the glorious tidings to proclaim, that Lincoln and Hamlin are our next President and Vice President, by overwhelming majorities. They have carried every Free State this side of the Rocky Mountains, except, perhaps, New Jersey, where the vote is close. Douglas will probably carry "nary one! Kansas Chief
Women demand our immediate enfranchisement on the same terms as men because we have, by long and painful experience, proved the absolute impossibility of securing any further redress of the many legal wrongs from which we still suffer, and because we fully realize the great danger of further careless, mischievous, and unjust legislation, greatly imperiling the well-being of women. Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy
It is a truism, of course, that in “democratic” states the populace must be encouraged to imagine that it makes important decisions by voting, and must therefore be controlled by suitable propaganda, which implants ideas to which the voters respond as automatically as trained animals respond to words of command in a circus, thus leaving to the masses only a factitious choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee on the basis of their preference for a certain kind of oratory, a hair-style, or a particular facial expression. Revilo P. Oliver
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
If the red-shirts can be present at the polls in South Carolina, why cannot the bluecoats [Federal troops] be called in also? Rutherford B. Hayes
Anti-Nebraska, Know-Nothings, and general disgust with the powers that be, have carried this country by between seven and eight thousand majority! How people do hate Catholics, and what happiness it was to thousands to have a chance to show it in what seemed a lawful and patriotic manner. Rutherford B. Hayes
Two ways are open to succeed in the South: 1. A division of white voters. 2. Education of the ignorant. Bloody-shirt utterances prevent division. Rutherford B. Hayes
When it comes to kid's issues, voters are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Peter D. Hart
In a democracy, if the people don’t vote, the policies are made by others….The major decisions of our society are going to be made by our elected officials, like it or not. Scott Harshbarger
How shall those who practice election frauds recover that respect for the sanctity of the ballot which is the first condition and obligation of good citizenship? The man who has come to regard the ballot box as a juggler's hat has renounced his allegiance. Benjamin Harrison
Secure to all people a free exercise of the right of suffrage and every other civil right. Benjamin Harrison
Let the black man vote when he is fit to vote; prohibit the white man from voting when he is unfit to vote. Warren G. Harding
Elections are always about turnout. Mark Halpern
Latino voters are American voters. When we vote, we remember who stood against us. Luis Gutierrez
You’ve got the strongest hand in the world, the hand that marks the ballot, the hand that pulls the voting lever. Use it, will ya? Use it!” John Wayne
The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case. Thomas Paine
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
Vote for the best guy. Forget about the party and the planks. Lee Iacocca
WHEREAS sundry persons, citizens of this State or residents within the same, are conspiring and confederating to usurp the Government thereon—are deceiving and seducing honest and well-meaning citizens under various pretenses, to engage in said criminal enterprise contrary to the laws in such case made and provided …. give no aid or countenance to those, who in violation of the law… I do hereby exhort all the good people of this State, that they give no countenance to said unlawful enterprise, but that they do by their advice and example, aid and support the civil authority in its exertions to suppress all unlawful combinations and maintain the peace and dignity of the State. Samuel Ward King
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age. Marshall McLuhan
Your public servants serve you right. Adlai Stevenson
Abstention is a dereliction of citizenship: always cast a vote, if only to cast stones at the most hated. Mary Louisa Toynbee
Predicting voter turnout is not hard, it’s impossible. Anthony King
The only ways to pass the Southern barriers to voting was to show a white skin Lyndon B. Johnson
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
In matters which concern the common good, a general council chosen by all, to transact business which concern all, I conceive most suitable to rule and most safe for relief of the whole Thomas Hooker
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
We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Francisco Franco
Summarize the Constitution of the United States. Mississippi
Let my parent’s vote! Anonymous
In this country, you don't have any democracy really. You have the right to elect but not to select. For example, here's two people: you get to vote for one of them. But you didn't choose in the first place either of them. That's not democracy… Julius W. Hobson Jr.
I declare the last election to be illegal …. And I am assuming the presidency. Francisco I. Madero
It is true that in some states the only important vote is the primary, when you choose between different members of the same party. In these states, where our two-party system usually does not function, it is important that everyone vote in the primaries. Elsewhere throughout the country, citizens should vote both in the primaries and in the final election, for where the two-party system works they will always have a choice between party candidates. Eleanor Roosevelt
There is no way for people to vote against Goldman Sachs. Christopher Hedges
When I die I want to be buried in Cook County, so I can stay active in politics. Anonymous
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 suffrage movement knows no politics...It will be granted to us as a matter of expediency; for don't you believe each party wants to make a bid for the vote that is sure to come? Annie LaPorte Diggs
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
Our Ancestors prayed for 389 years to place a person of color in the White House. They led over 200 slave revolts, fought in 11 wars, one being a civil war where over 600,000 people died. Our mothers fought and were killed for women’s suffrage, our grandparents were lynched for the civil rights bill of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965…my father never had the opportunity to vote and I believe it is my sacred duty to pull the lever for every member of my family who was denied the right to vote. I will not allow narrow-minded ministers or regressive politicians the satisfaction of keeping me from my sacred right to vote to shape the future for my grandchildren. Otis Moss Jr.
In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute — a white skin. Desmond Tutu
In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute — a white skin. Desmond Tutu
If you don’t vote, you don’t count. John Lewis
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
You may talk about Free Love, if you please, but we are to have the right to vote. Today we are fined, imprisoned, and hanged, without a jury trial by our peers. You shall not cheat us by getting us off to talk about something else. When we get the suffrage, then you may taunt us with anything you please, and we will then talk about it as long as you please. Lucy Stone
…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
It is also unsatisfactory to some, that the elective franchise is not given to the colored man. I would myself prefer that it were now conferred on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers. Abraham Lincoln
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan
It is very easy to have elections. It is very difficult to consolidate political order. William Odom
The right to vote is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in the struggle for civil rights. John Lewis
Our "pathway" is straight to the ballot box, with no variableness nor shadow of turning...We demand in the Reconstruction suffrage for all the citizens of the Republic. I would not talk of Negroes or women, but of citizens. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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
The news is being flashed far and wide, and before our earth has revolved on her axis every civilized community within the reach of the electric wires will have received the tidings that civic freedom has been granted to the women of New Zealand. ... It does not seem a great thing to be thankful for, that the gentlemen who confirm the laws which render women liable to taxation and penal servitude have declared us to be "persons"... We are glad and proud to think that even in so conservative a body as the Legislative Council there is a majority of men who are guided by the principles of reason and justice, who desire to see their womenkind treated as reasonable beings, and who have triumphed over prejudice, narrow-mindedness and selfishness. Katherine Wilson Sheppard; Catherine Wilson
Is it right that your mother, your sister... should be classed with criminals and lunatics... ? Is it right that while the gambler, the drunkard, and even the wife-beater has a vote, earnest, educated and refined women are denied it?... Is it right... that a mother... should be thought unworthy of a vote that is freely given to the blasphemer, the liar, the seducer, and the profligate? Katherine Wilson Sheppard; Catherine Wilson
We made a mistake lowering the voting age to 18. I think it happened basically out of guilt. Christopher Shays
This election is not about me. It is about you. Barack Obama
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
Political activities are still suspended …. The population has always acted according to its feelings instead of its mind. Albano Jorge Harguindeguy
Voters will not give you a chance to solve their problems if they think you don’t understand them. Frank Luntz
It becomes a conqueror to conciliate. James Parton
Referendums have often turned a country inward Philip H. Gordon
Possibly the presence of women as voters would tend still further to promote order than has been done by the ballot …. If men choose to say that women are not their equals, women have nothing to do but to give in. Physical force, the ultimate basis of all society and all government, must be on the side of the men; and those who have the key of the position will not consent permanently to abandon it. Saturday Review
When you were weak and I was strong, I toiled for you. Now you are strong and I am weak. Because of my work for you, I ask your aid. I ask the ballot for myself and my sex. As I stood by you, I pray you stand by me and mine. Clara Barton
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
The affirmative reason is that she has other, and in some sense, more important work to do. It is more important than the work of government because it is the work for the protection of which governments are organized among men. Woman does not wish to turn aside from this higher work, which is itself the end of life, to devote herself to government, which exists only that this higher work may be done. Nor does she wish to divide her energies between the two. This higher work, which is itself the end of life, is Direct Ministry to Life. Lyman Abbott
The question, Shall woman vote, if translated into actual and practical form, reads thus: Shall woman decide what are the rights of the citizen to be protected and what are the duties of the citizen to be enforced, and then are her son and her brother and her husband to go forth, armed, if need be, to enforce her decision? Is this where the functional line between the sexes is to be drawn? Are women to make the laws and men to enforce them? Are women to decree, and men to execute? Lyman Abbott
Suburbanites are not a demographically coherent group, and they do not vote as a bloc; their political values range from NPR-liberal to Fox-conservative. But it is reasonable for the practical politician to bet that people who live in the suburbs share a less passionate commitment to the Progressive ideal of decent city schools than did their urban predecessors. They may care deeply about their local public school, but they don't necessarily care about public schools in general. Margaret Talbot
The dollar votes more times than the man. Anonymous
If you’re old enough to shoot, you’re old enough to vote. Anonymous
I was quite upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping Blacks from voting. They talked about not letting Blacks vote. Jim Greer
… we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African American voter-turnout machine. Doug Preisse
I never underestimate the voters… I think that they are smart and I trust them. Mary Matalin
It is not suffrage that gives life to democracy; it is our democratic society that gives life to suffrage. Gordon S. Wood
We don’t trust government, but we need government….Government didn’t land here from Mars. We elected them. Joe Klein
If you sit on the sidelines [and not vote], you are responsible for what happens. Bill Clinton
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
Our trouble is that we do not demand enough of the people who represent us. We are responsible for their activities. . . . we must spur them to more imagination and enterprise in making a push into the unknown; we must make clear that we intend to have responsible and courageous leadership. Eleanor Roosevelt
All that we require of a voter is that he shall be forked, wear pantaloons instead of petticoats, and bear a more or less humorous resemblance to the reported image of God. He need not know anything whatever; he may be wholly useless and a cumberer of the earth; he may even be known to be a consummate scoundrel. No matter. While he can steer clear of the penitentiary his vote is as weighty as the vote of a president, a bishop, a college professor, a merchant prince. We brag of our universal, unrestricted suffrage; but we are shams after all, for we restrict when we come to the women. Mark Twain
… where every man in a state has a vote, brutal laws are impossible. 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
Redistricting will determine the future control of Congress. Kevin Mack
Nothing Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton did together will ever have as much impact on election results as the partisan makeup of congressional districts around the country. Rob Richie
This new [redistricting] plan basically does away with the need for elections. Tony Quinn
First they gerrymander us into one-party fiefs. Then they tell us they only care about the swing districts. Then they complain about voter apathy Gail Collins
Every individual who participated in the redistricting process knew that incumbency protection was a critical factor in producing the bizarre lines.... Many of the oddest twists and turns of the Texas districts would never have been created if the Legislature had not been so intent on protecting party and incumbents John Paul Stevens
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
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
America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote. Grenville Kleiser
I have strong hopes that the conservative portion of that people (the North), unless dead to the feelings of liberty, will rise and depose the party now in power. Robert E. Lee
Considering the question of Reform … the Queen thinks the proposal of merely adding neighboring towns to the small boroughs an improvement on the original plan, which contemplated the taking away of members from some boroughs, and giving them to others. Thus the animosity may be hoped to be avoided which an attack upon vested interests could not have failed to have produced. Much will depend, however, upon the completeness, fairness, and impartiality with which the selection of the towns will be made which are to be admitted into the electoral district of others. Queen Victoria
Women will vote to the last priest. Anonymous
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
As people do better, they start voting like Republicans...unless they have too much education and vote Democratic Karl Rove
The very right to vote imposes on me the duty to instruct myself in public affair, however little influence my voice may have in them. Jean Jacques Rousseau
The district that is best represented is the district that is wise enough to select a man of energy, intelligence, and integrity and reelects him year after year. Sam Rayburn
… the Republicans are all about suppressing votes. Howard Dean
the idea that you have to wait on line for eight hours to cast your ballot in Florida -- there's something the matter with that. You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever, and get home and then have a -- still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well, Republicans, I guess, can do that, because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives. But for ordinary working people, who have to work eight hours a day, they have kids, they got to get home to those kids, the idea of making them stand for eight hours to cast their ballot for democracy is wrong. We ought to make voting easier to do. Mail Howard Dean
A weapon that comes down as still As snowflakes fall upon the sod ;, But executes a freeman’s will, As lightning does the will of God; And from its force, nor doors nor locks Can shield you;—’tis the ballot box. John Pierpont
We do not pretend to show that universal suffrage is an evil. Let its advocates show it to be a good. Thomas Babington Macaulay
… who would vindicate your right of unrestrained suffrage, or of choosing what representatives you liked best, merely that you might elect the creatures of your own faction, whoever they might be, or him, however small might be his worth, who would give you the most lavish feasts and enable you to drink to the greatest excess? John Milton
… should the management of the republic be entrusted to persons to whom no one would willingly entrust the management of his private concerns: and the treasury of the state be left to the care of those who had lavished their own fortunes in an infamous prodigality? John Milton
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
Voters are not great at reading issues. They are great at reading character. David Brooks
A clueless electorate is a corruptible one … Frank Bruni
“The Wisdom of Crowds” suggests that if enough bumbling people act in concert, they’ll find their way to a less bumbling place. Frank Bruni
Money is influential in Congress, but votes will kick money’s ass any time they come up against each other. Barney Frank
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
[There are] coordinated efforts across the country to intimidate and suppress the votes of racial and ethnic minorities .... Hostile officials regularly deploy the language of “fraud” and “corruption” to justify their efforts much as their counterparts at the end of the 19th century did to fully disenfranchise black voters… Although our present-day tactics are state-issued IDs, state-mandated harassment of immigrants and voter-roll purges, these are not a far cry from the poll taxes, literacy tests, residency requirements and discretionary power of local registrars that composed the political racism of a century ago. That’s not even counting the hours-long lines many minority voters confronted. Steven Hahn
… because … gerrymandering makes the districts less competitive, candidates are freed to pander to their bases while ignoring moderate and independent voters. More ever, politicians who do not pander face primary challenges from ideologically purer candidates. Nolan Matthew McCarty
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
The humanism of Western civilization and the essence of Christian morality, the peerless legacy of the Enlightenment and Thomas Jefferson immortal affirmation of the inalienable human rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness all stood on the brink of annihilation. Susan Dunn
Our Constitution sought to leave no excuse for violent attack on the status quo by providing a legal alternative—attack by ballot. Robert Houghwout Jackson
It is not true that the enfranchisement of all will result in racial domination. Political division based on color is entirely artificial and when it disappears, so will the domination of one color by another. The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racialism; when it triumphs, it will not change that policy. Nelson Mandela
It is not true that enfranchisement of all will result in racial domination. Political division based on color is entirely artificial and when it disappears, so will the domination of one color group by another. Nelson Mandela
Voters are more motivated when someone takes something away from them. Greg Walden
[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
it is a universal practice in the popular elections in all these states, to give no legal consideration whatsoever to those who do not choose to vote, as against the effect of the votes of those, who do choose to vote. Hence it is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters, who choose to vote, that constitute the political power of the state. Abraham Lincoln
The red and the blue. There are only two political parties in America. No other country has such a situation…. It’s an anomaly in the world. So is having elections on a Tuesday; nobody shows up. Ricardo Salinas Pliego
A people, [has an] inherent right to appoint and constitute a king supreme and all subordinate civil officers and rulers over them, for their civil good, liberty, protection, peace and safety.. Dan Foster
The idea of an actual representation of all classes of the people, by persons of each class, is altogether visionary. Unless it were expressly provided in the Constitution, that each different occupation should send one or more members, the thing would never take place in practice. Mechanics and manufacturers will always be inclined, with few exceptions, to give their votes to merchants, in preference to persons of their own professions or trades. Those discerning citizens are well aware that the mechanic and manufacturing arts furnish the materials of mercantile enterprise and industry. Many of them, indeed, are immediately connected with the operations of commerce. They know that the merchant is their natural patron and friend; and they are aware, that however great the confidence they may justly feel in their own good sense, their interests can be more effectually promoted by the merchant than by themselves. They are sensible that their habits in life have not been such as to give them those acquired endowments, without which, in a deliberative assembly, the greatest natural abilities are for the most part useless; and that the influence and weight, and superior acquirements of the merchants render them more equal to a contest with any spirit which might happen to infuse itself into the public councils, unfriendly to the manufacturing and trading interests Alexander Hamilton
People—white men—who did not have the right to vote within their state, did have the right to vote in in the state ratification conventions, and many could not vote thereafter. Andrew Shankman
There is no-one more determined against annual parliaments, universal suffrage and the ballot, than I. My object is … to put an end to such hopes and projects. The ... principle of my reform is, to prevent the necessity of revolution, ... reforming to preserve and not to overthrow. Charles Grey
I don’t see why we have to let a country go Marxist just because its people are irresponsible. Henry A. Kissinger
Americans can and do vote with their feet against high levels of government spending and high income, property and sales taxes by moving from one state to another. But no one should have to leave the United States to find greater economic and personal liberty. Grover Norquist
Citizens will be disenfranchised by the law instead of served by it, and that historical progress toward a more perfect union will go backwards instead of forward. Hillary Clinton
Voters will judge you on what sort of crowd you draw [when making public appearances] both in quality and numbers. Quintus Tullius Cicero
We need more spending on elections. Most people don’t even know who their congressman is—don’t even know the name or their party… [There] is a lack of relevant information. James Bopp Jr.
Minority candidates continue to overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates. As long as that is the case, the Republican National Committee, and other Republican groups, may be tempted to keep minority voters from casting their ballots, especially in light of the razor thin margins of victory by which many elections have been decided in recent years. Dickenson Richards Debevoise
I don't want to draw nigger districts. I'm not going to draw a honky Republican district and I'm not going to draw a nigger district if I can help it. Joe Mack Wilson
Redistricting is the nastiest form of politics that there is. Lynn Westmoreland
[When redistricting] there is no such thing as non-partisan…. Beware of non-partisan, or bi-partisan staff bearing gifts. They probably are not your friends. Tom Hofeller
Appearances do matter. Sandra Day O'Connor
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
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
Voting is the most powerful nonviolent tool that we have. John Lewis
In my home county—Lowndes County, Alabama--in 1964 Blacks were 80 percent of the population. Not one Black was registered to vote—Not one!!! John Lewis
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
The people who show up at the early primaries are very passionate and not much interested in compromise. Tim Polenti
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
Nothing can be more unfounded and false than the opinion that all men are born free and equal; inequality is indispensable to progress; government is not the result of compact, nor is it safe to entrust the suffrage to all. John C. Calhoun
Elections are won ... chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody. Franklin P. Adams
They want what every first term administration wants—a second term. Tom Clancy
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
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
The current basis for apportionment—total population—creates an incentive for states to either encourage or tolerate illegal immigration. Orlando J. Rodriguez
[Voter ID laws] are now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention. Richard A. Posner
When politicians spoke of the electorate in ideal or didactic terms they might talk about freemen, but when they spoke about mobilizing the electorate, it was in terms of Quakers, Presbyterians, Baptist, or German [Lutheran] church interest…. Religion became the main vehicle by which ethnicity gained political representation. Alan W. Tully
I do not think it is possible for anyone, not even the leaders of a political organization, really to know in detail the exact situation in every locality. That is why we hold primaries, so that the people who live in the locality may have the opportunity to choose the best man as they see him and know him. Eleanor Roosevelt
In Vietnam also, the right of self-determination applies even if free elections turn out to be unfavorable. Bild Zeitung
… the female proletarians must know that they cannot acquire the right to vote in a struggle of the female sex without the class distinctions against the male sex. No, it must be a class struggle of all the exploited without differences of sex against all exploiters no matter what sex they belong to. Clara Zetkin
The women of Finland had been enfranchised in 1906, when their country was a rural backwater of Northern Europe and still a dependency of the Czar. Donald Sassoon
In most countries, class, education, religion, and regions are better predictors of voting behavior than sex. Donald Sassoon
The right of choosing, yea of changing their own government is by the grant of God himself in the People. John Milton
One-half of the people of this nation to-day are utterly powerless to blot from the statute books an unjust law, or to write there a new and a just one. Susan B. Anthony
Every vote counts and we must count every vote. Al Gore
Those who furnish the blood and bear the burden imposed by war should whenever possible be consulted before the supreme sacrifice is demanded of them. Democratic Party
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
Women got the vote in Montana because the spirit of pioneer days is still alive. Jeannette Rankin
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
I have come here to fight with you. Woodrow Wilson
We have waited long enough to get the vote. We want it now! Anna Howard Shaw
Did it ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. Paul Harvey
Perhaps the best known, and certainly the most vaunted, discovery of modern public opinion research is the indifference and ignorance of a majority of the electorate in western democracies. Moses I. Finley
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
There are times, perhaps once every thirty years, when there is a sea-change in politics. It then does not matter what you say or what you do. There is a shift in what the public wants and what it approves of. James Callaghan
Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians. Che Guevara
In Ulster every man's creed is known and noted and ninety-nine men in a hundred vote according to their creed. Stephen Lucius Gwynn
Give the woman the ballot and you will make her more important in the eyes of the world. William Howard Taft
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
Not the number of noses, but the magnitude of interests, should furnish the elements by which the proportion of representation should be computed...The classes that represent civilization, the holders of accumulated capital and accumulated thought have a right to require securities to protect them from being overwhelmed by hordes who have neither knowledge to guide them nor stake in the Commonwealth to control them. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
Where annual elections end, there tyranny begins.. John Adams
We've got a larger than usual police force. Its twice as big as any city of our size. They [Blacks attempting to vote] won't have a chance. Allen Cavett Thompson
Popular elections are uncertain. William Howard Taft
The woman’s voice is the voice of wisdom and I can see nothing unwomanly in her casting the ballot. Helen Herron Taft
I]t is evident that the Railroad machine and Ruef did not want me to be governor again, and as they were in control of the convention, what kick have I coming?[. George Pardee
I got all the applause, but McKinley got the votes. William Jennings Bryan
I don't know anything about free silver, [but] the people of Nebraska are for free silver and I am for free silver. I will look up the arguments later. William Jennings Bryan
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
I am acutely aware that I have received the votes of none of you. Gerald R. Ford
It was and is one of the evils of our state, that personal infamy is no bar to the exercise of political rights; that a man may walk out of jail and take his seat in the highest places even as a legislator. Thomas Arnold
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
These districts at the federal and state level that are gerrymandered tend to produce a lot of extremism. Tom Harkin
Souls to the Polls Anonymous
When it comes to children’s issues, children don’t vote. Carolyn Miles
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
The Republicans had done two things in the last few years. They have made it easier to buy a gun and harder to vote. Mark Shields
We have a threefold primary responsibility. Number 1: Get people saved. Number 2: Get them baptized. Number 3: Get them registered to vote. Jerry Falwell
We need to be rational? We have an election coming up in three weeks. Good luck! Chuck Todd
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 have had many, many cases of non-citizens registered to vote prior to our new legislation. Kris W. Kobach
… “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 don’t think as a general matter we should be encouraging people who don’t know anything about what they’re voting for to vote. That’s what Democrats do. Republicans shouldn’t follow suit on that. Tucker Carlson
They are not holding elections in strict compliance with Ukrainian law, but so what? Vladimir Chizhov
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
What is the Proportion of Freemen possessing Lands and Houses of one thousand Pounds' value, compared to that of Freemen whose Possessions are inferior? Are they as one to ten? Are they even as one to twenty? I should doubt whether they are as one to fifty. If this minority is to choose a Body expressly to control that which is to be chosen by the great Majority of the Freemen, what have this great Majority done to forfeit so great a Portion of their Right in Elections? Why is this Power of Control, contrary to the spirit of all Democracies, to be vested in a Minority, instead of a Majority? Benjamin Franklin
As to those who have no landed property, ... the allowing them to vote for legislators is an impropriety. Benjamin Franklin
What the electorate gives, the electorate can take away Tony Blair
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
Don’t be a pussy. vote for Trump Finally someone with balls Trump that bitch Life’s a bitch: don’t vote for one Hillary sucks but not like Monica. Anonymous
KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs 2 Small Breasts Left Wing Anonymous
All the spending is an amplifier. If your message dos not resonate with enough people, spending on its own doesn’t maker s difference. Mike Murphy
No free Negro, mulatto, or Indian, whatsoever, shall hereafter have any vote at the election of burgesses, or any other election whatsoever Virginia
This business about talking about rigged elections is very dangerous. Michael Chertoff
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
About one quarter of all the voting machines in the United States stupidly do not have any paper trail. James Woolsey
Elections are separated from the process of endowing the state with power; they mount to an expensive ritual Gleb Pavlovsky
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
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 the most unusual election in modern U.S. history came the most unusual transition, to be followed, surely, by the most unusual presidency. Gideon Rose
The recent uprising, while leveled agaisnt the bicostal elites, is not a protest in the name of a faction of America, but in the name of American sovgeignty itself. Joshua Mitchell
Faced with a political process no longer responsive to or even aware of the stagnation of a middle class once ever improving, those voters grabbed for what they saw as the loat precondition of politics, political sovereignty, Gladden J. Pappin
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
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
Electoral choices are relatively invulnerable to direct argumentation and characterized more by faith than by conviction and by wishful expectation rather than careful prediction of consequences. Paul Lazarsfeld
The primary effect of the campaign was to reinforce the party affliation of most of the voters. Individuals tended to expose themselves to the propaganda of their own party more than to the progaganda of the other party. Paul Lazarsfeld
What becomes of the precious right to vote? Anthony Kennedy
You cannot chose your parents. You cannot choose your gender. And in Russia, you cannot choose your president. Ksenia Sobchak
Hillary [Clinton] was selected by only 8 percent of the population. [Donald] Trump, by only 7 percent Joseph A. Califano Jr.
I am retiring from the Senate because I am far from my party on many issues. It would be very hard for me to win the Republican primary election for teh Senate. I don't think I have changed much. The Republican party has changed a great deal. Jeff Flake
The government that has imprisoned more journalists than any other in the world was democratically elected. Fareed Zakaria
You can't win an election unless you have a message. John Kasich