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Election And Voting Quotes


"We need election reform because our elections are being stolen. And these huge powerful voting machine vending companies have privatized the election process in our country." - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"It is important that the Iraqi people have confidence in the election results and that the voting process, including the process for vote counting, is free and fair." - Zalmay Khalilzad

"Across the nation, the election protection movement attracts ordinary citizens who educate their neighbors about their voting systems and the private companies that built and run them." - Mimi Kennedy

"What I would advise, what I advised before the election, and what I will continue to advise after the election, is that elections matter; voting matters; organizing matters; being informed on the issues matter." - Barack Obama

"I think we need to start with Philadelphia and make sure that we actually get some election reform in Philadelphia. Actually, a recent election was thrown out by a federal judge because of corruption with the voting process in Philadelphia." - Patrick Mchenry

"Elections matter and voting counts." - Barack Obama

"In the next election, I'm voting for your mom to be the next God." - David Levithan

"If you don't have voter ID, you can just keep voting and voting and voting." - Donald Trump

"I believe in the critical importance of participating in the political system - from voting to standing for election. It's both rewarding and necessary that men and women of good will and clear thinking engage in honest, open debate." - Michael Nutter

"The key to winning any general election in the USA is to excite your base and then expand your base - get independent voters and voters who haven't been voting for your party to come to your party." - Rand Paul

"There's a lot of fuss on the Left about election irregularities, like, you know, the voting machines were tampered with, they didn't count the votes right, and so on. That's all accurate and of some importance, but of far more importance is the fact that elections just don't take place, not in any meaningful sense of the term 'election.'" - Noam Chomsky

"The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself...The act of voting is in itself the defining moment." - Jeff Melvoin

"Last month, the Iraqi people went to the polls, voting in their first free election in more than 50 years." - John M Mchugh

"Communism is a form of government under which every citizen at election time enjoys the privilege of voting Yes." - Evan Esar

"Voting in this country has essentially been relegated to a very fledging group of election officials, who receive no training and operate on shoestring budgets on one hand, and political consultants whose job is to get their candidates elected on the other. And when you have that kind of scenario, it's really hard to describe yourself as a vibrant democracy. It's an embarrassment." - Deforest Soaries

"I always stand out by the voting lines on Election Day, and I can't tell you how many people say, 'I've never voted for a Democrat in my life, but I'm splitting my ticket for you.' They're more engaged and thoughtful than we give them credit for." - Wendy Davis

"Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of? I call on Republicans at all levels of government, with all manner of ambition, to stop fear mongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud. I'm calling for universal, automatic voter registration, every citizen in every state in the union." - Greg Gutfeld

"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

"The next time they give you all that civic bullshit about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election" - George Carlin

"I'm surprised John Lewis didn't invoke the suppression of voting rights in this election [2016]. I still think it's one of the most underreported stories." - Katrina vanden Heuvel

"Democracy is four wolves and a sheep voting on dinner." - Robert A Heinlein

"Oh no, the dead have risen and they're voting Republican." - Yeardley Smith

"I want people of faith on my side, not just voting on election day but by hoisting me up by getting down on your knees and lifting me up in prayer. Those who have a different view of things are already organizing...Will you stand in the gap with those of us who believe there's a God, and a God who is strong? We can stand in the gap together and speak about issues we believe in and we will be victorious." - Rick Perry

"I intend to talk about race during this election in the South because the Republicans have been talking about it since 1968 in order to divide us. And I'm going to bring us together. Because you know what? You know what? White folks in the South who drive pickup trucks with Confederate flag decals in the back ought to be voting with us and not them, because their kids don't have health insurance either and their kids need better schools too." - Howard Dean

"We have Americans who are voting for someone in whom they have confidence, about whom they have hope, because at after the election 2016 whoever wins is going to have to govern. And when you look at the tenor of this campaign, and when you look at the way people feel about these candidates and how partisan our country is for starters, how does the winner govern? I mean that's the real, real problem." - Frank Bruni

"What's blinking red on my radar is the fact that for people who prioritize abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, or voting rights, those things are coming out of state legislatures, and some of the laws on reproduction stuff is coming out of city council, and so what's getting at me is the fact that there's just a fundamental lack of understanding that these laws are happening and being created by people who often won by ten votes in a midterm election." - Lizz Winstead

"The Sunni Arabs began to realize that they had made a huge mistake by not voting in the election of 2005 and by not being part of the new Iraq. They had reasons for this: They were effected by the disestablishment of the military and by de-Baathification (the dismantling of Saddam Hussein's party) in winter 2007-2007. They increasingly recognized that their future lay in being part of the solution rather than a continuing part of the problem." - David Petraeus

"I have an idea about voting, how about on every ballot we include "None of the above". People may laugh at that, but what that is, it is a vote of no confidence in your government and I'm willing to bet that in some elections, 'None of the Above' would win. Imagine if you won the election but lost to 'None of the Above'. Wouldn't that make you re-think your positions?" - Jesse Ventura

"Legislators could easily be out-voted if people voted in midterm elections. The fact that we don't talk about all this stuff [ abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, or voting rights] very much because Donald Trump and the general election is sucking all the air out of the room - if people aren't paying attention to their state, they're certainly not paying attention to what's happening in other states." - Lizz Winstead

"Every election is important and each election says it's more important than the last." - William

"I always lose the election in the polls, and I always win it on election day." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"The Republicans have their splits right after election and Democrats have theirs just before an election." - Will Rogers

"You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich. But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful - don't underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer." - Maya Angelou

"I have consistently made it very clear that I will vote a straight Democratic ticket, just like I do every election. From the local Constable to the President, I will be voting for every Democrat on the ballot." - Henry Cuellar

"History is a way of interpreting, rather than, say, knowing, the past. It is usually a set of disputes between those who have access to the same sources. It depends on ideology as much as voting in an election does." - Colm Toibin

"For our white members, voting is something they have done for hundreds of years. But for us, it is not such a traumatic thing, because we have never participated in an election." - Mangosuthu Buthelezi

"It's almost like my career has been [based on voting]. I won a dancing contest to get into wrestling. That involved fans voting. And then on Dancing with the Stars, fans were voting." - Stacy Keibler

"Your story is for - voting for every disastrous trade agreement, and voting for corporate America. Did I vote against the Wall Street bailout?" - Bernie Sanders

"Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process." - Hillary Clinton

"There's an enormous difference between voting for a candidate because you hate another ethnic group and voting for a candidate because he's a member of your ethnic group." - Jonathan Haidt

"When public access to voting is impaired or when public confidence in voting is diluted, democracy suffers and our freedom is less secure." - Deforest Soaries

"As a whole, the election process before the election and on the day of election was successful, and I think Azerbaijan had normal and democratic elections," - Ilham Aliyev

"But did you know that during the past quarter century, no presidential election has been won by more than ten million ballots cast? Yet every federal election during the same time period had at least one hundred million people of voting age who did not bother to vote!" - Andy Andrews

"All of us in a bipartisan manner went out of our way to explain to the voters how our election systems are secure, the fact that voting systems are not connected to the Internet - not the machines that we use to mark ballots, not the machines that we use to count ballots, the fact that our election counting procedures are very transparent." - Audie Cornish

"We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." - David D. Clark

"We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." - David D. Clark

"The worst thing we can do is to assume that the Electoral College [voting] resulting in the election of Donald Trump represents a mandate. It does not. He did not get the majority of the popular vote; that went to Hillary Clinton. That means those votes represent the consciousness of the nation, which is that abortion should be legal, that contraception and family planning are health issues and prevention, that a woman's right to reproductive privacy is the law of the land and should remain such." - Willie Parker

"And I'm very proud of the 50,000 poll workers and election officials who delivered a free and fair election." - Ken Blackwell

"And I'm very proud of the 50,000 poll workers and election officials who delivered a free and fair election." - Kenneth Blackwell

"Every election, Mickey Mouse looks better and better as President." - Duncan Long

"In an election, one needs both hope and audacity." - Francois Hollande

"If you vote for Al Smith, you're voting against Christ and you will all be damned." - Mordecai Ham

"Those flowers were picked by illegal immigrants. And they're not voting for you, b*tch." - Joy Behar

"Poor people have been voting for Democrats for the last 50 years and they're still poor." - Charles Barkley

"You can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for dinner." - Larry Flynt

"People who vote against this today are voting against me and I will not forget." - Theodore Stevens

"Spaniards have always shown great maturity and great common sense when it comes to voting." - Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

"Women will do anything Oprah Winfrey says, and that is why we can't have women voting." - Artie Lange

"The first thing that has to happen is the protection of voting rights and registration." - Jesse Jackson

"Democracy is four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." - Ambrose Bierce

"Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world." - Sharon Salzberg

"Voting is like alchemy - taking an abstract value and breathing life into it." - Sharon Salzberg

"Spaniards have always shown great maturity and great common sense when it comes to voting." - Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapat

"People who vote against this today are voting against me and I will not forget." - Ted Stevens

"I represented the 4th District of South Carolina... from the election '92 until election '98. And then I was out six years and then came back for another six years between the election 2004 and the election 2010." - Bob Inglis

"The Cook Political Report now predicting senate democrats are poised to pick up five to seven seats, which would give them the majority. Pointing out the history shows that races in the Toss Up column never split down the middle, one party tends to win the lion`s share of them. With two weeks to Election Day, there`s not enough time for republicans to recover toss-up seats in states where Hillary Clinton is currently leading, considering this, early voting is under way, and [Donald]Trump won`t be any help especially since his campaign doesn`t really have a ground game to speak of." - Chris Hayes

"I'm up for re-election in 2014, and yes I do plan to run for re-election." - Kay Hagan

"Others may make you promises, once again, and then election after election not deliver. We will not do this." - Mangosuthu Buthelezi

"As far as [Bernie] Sanders is concerned, he's probably the most honest of all of them. But we have to be careful, because this is the most important election [2016] in the history of this country; because you're not just voting for a president, you're voting for the person who can take America totally down! America will never be great as she once was, again, but she can survive if she does the right thing." - Louis Farrakhan

"Young Evangelicals, especially, are breaking ranks with older Evangelicals (over 40) and are more and more leaning towards voting Democratic." - Tony Campolo

"Democracy is about voting and it's about a majority vote. And it's time that we started exercising the Democratic process." - Debbie Stabenow

"Today, unfortunately, the right to vote seems to have become a partisan issue. Democrats seek to guarantee and expand voting rights. Republicans try to undermine and suppress voting rights." - Donna Brazile

"Well, when I went off to college, the guys I used to hang with were pumping gas and voting Democrat. Today they're still pumping gas and voting Democrat. Guess the Democrats didn't do much for them." - Charles Barkley

"By voting, we add our voice to the chorus that forms opinions and the basis for actions" - Jens Stoltenberg

"What ass first let loose the doctrine that the suffrage is a high boon and voting a noble privilege?" - H L Mencken

"The voting booth is the only place that a pauper equals a billionaire, and any woman equals any man." - Gloria Steinem

"I'm such a sap for democracy and politics that I get weepy when I see anybody voting." - Tucker Carlson

"Along with voting, jury duty, and paying taxes, goofing off is one of the central obligations of American citizenship." - Sarah Vowell

"Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch." - Andrew Napolitano

"Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3." - Boris Johnson

"I think America causes cancer, longevity is less important than fun, and young people should be discouraged from voting." - Bill Maher

"What mostly prevents black people from voting is that drug laws send them to prison, and then they can't vote." - Bill Maher

"We need to get better at voting and be a voice for the people who do not have one." - George Lopez

"I am not afraid of anything. I am voting for Hillary Clinton because I am excited and enthusiastic." - Julianne Malveaux

"North Carolina precinct chairman and GOP executive committee member Don Yelton thinks his state's new voting restrictions are just fine." - Aasif Mandvi

"Stocks are a voting mechanism, pure and simple. They are a collective vote of expectations of each company's future fundamentals." - Andy Kessler

"I have voted for a Republican for president ever since I was voting and since I was 18 years old." - Joe Lhota

"I have voted for a Republican for president ever since I was voting and since I was 18 years old." - Joseph J Lhota

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." - James Bovard

"By voting, we add our voice to the chorus that forms opinions and the basis for actions." - Jens Stoltenberg

"Don't forget to vote for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Stay home if you're voting for Dole." - Eleanor Mondale

"What gets lost is that the Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights." - Rand Paul

"Democrats in Louisville were led by Courier-Journal editor Henry Watterson and were implacably opposed to blacks voting." - Rand Paul

"Voting for impersonal parties and their programmes is a false substitute for the only true way to elect people's representatives: voting by an actual person for an actual candidate." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote." - David Foster Wallace

"The world would be a better place if people stopped voting for folksy candidates they could have a beer with and started voting for people smarter than they are." - Marcus Sakey

"Beyond that, states had to also have electronic voting machines that made it possible for people who are physically handicapped to vote in private... and the computerized voting machine made it very easy for, particularly, the blind." - Deforest Soaries

"When some people ask me about voting, they would say will you support this candidate or that candidate? I say: "I will support this candidate for one minute that I am in the voting booth. At that moment I will support A versus B, but before I am going to the voting booth, and after I leave the voting booth, I am going to concentrate on organizing people and not organizing electoral campaign."" - Howard Zinn

"Winning an award is a great feeling but winning the Vodafone Crossword Popular Choice Award is particularly exhilarating because it is based upon public voting. I find it a strange quirk of fate that Chanakya's Chant, a political tale, should end up winning an election!" - Ashwin Sanghi

"I feel really urgent about this election. This is the first time in my voting life that I feel not only passionate about my candidate, but also that the alternative would be catastrophic. I want to help the best candidate win." - Natalie Portman

"Thanks to guys like Boss Tweed, famous for saying, 'I don't give a damn who does the voting, as long as I do the nominating,' there hasn't been an honest election in the USA since sometime around the War Between the States." - L Neil Smith

"I haven't left my house in days. I watch the news channels incessantly. All the news stories are about the election; all the commercials are Viagra and Cialis. Election, erection, election, erection! Either way we're screwed!" - Bette Midler

"A lot of people felt defeated and hopeless by Trump's election. But I feel his election should energize people to resist apathy, ignorance, sexism, xenophobia, and racism." - Shepard Fairey

"Do not tell me that I have not shown courage in standing up to the gun people, in voting to ban assault weapons, voting for instant background checks, voting to end the gun show loophole and now in a position to create a consensus in America on gun safety." - Bernie Sanders

"Voting for [Donald] Trump Is Voting Against Ourselves." - Kerry Washington

"Voting is a civic sacrament." - Theodore Hesburgh

"Election victories are a harvest. You plant the seed. For months or years, you water and tend them. In the election season, you reap the harvest." - Edward Brooke

"Trustworthiness is the thing that you need the most going to a presidential election. Honest and trustworthy is one of the main questions in any presidential election." - Dana Perino

"Even before the election I was saying that the rhetoric used by Trump was going to cause violence before and after the election. That was easy to predict." - Chip Berlet

"What is key for winning the election is to be able to put forth a vision for our future and how this election affects people's lives." - Nancy Pelosi

"All through the years of the Soviet empire, its Politburo held 'elections.' Of course, calling something an election and actually having it be an election are different things." - Benazir Bhutto

"Most pundits regard an election year session as an opportunity for the two parties to frame issues and garner political advantage in advance of the approaching election." - Bob Ehrlich

"It was a presidential election year, and as a member of a consortium of Ivy League radio stations, we participated in 'network' coverage of election night." - Andrea Mitchell

"Remember something, if you will, about voting: Voting is not a horse race, you're not going there thinking "Gee, I gotta pick the winner so I can brag to my friends 'Oh, I picked so-and-so and he or she won'". Voting is voting your heart and voting your conscience and when you've done that, don't ever, EVER let a Democrat or Republican tell you that you've wasted your vote because the fact is, if you DON'T vote your heart and conscience then you HAVE wasted your vote." - Jesse Ventura

"I will accept the results when the election is free and clean. I cannot accept fraud." - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

"Politicians promise you heaven before election and give you hell after" - Emma Goldman

"What a glorious time they must have in that wilderness, far from mankind and election day!" - Henry David Thoreau

"Diplomacy never stops, and, with or without an election, it never stops." - Colin Powell

"Remember, the Islamist view of democracy is: one man, one vote, one election, and that's it." - John Fund

"Of course I base all my election promises and policies on opinion polls" - Kevin Rudd

"Even Jesus Christ cannot conduct a free and fair election in Nigeria." - Olusegun Obasanjo

"I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election." - Augustus William Hare

"One's right to life, liberty, and property depends on the outcome of no election." - Robert H. Jackson

"During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa." - Henry Adams

"I think I will be doing very well during the election with evangelicals and with Christians." - Donald Trump

"Brexit and Trump's election are forcing countries to come up with new radical ideas." - Mariana Mazzucato

"I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election." - Augustus Hare

"The Nazi thing is just like a Democrat and Republican election fight." - George S Patton

"I will accept the results when the election is free and clean. I cannot accept fraud." - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrad

"The pressure of the [election] campaign has a wonderful way of revealing your strengths and weaknesses." - William J Clinton

"The election is another element of ambiguity, .. and oil remains the crucial variable." - Hugh S. Johnson

"The Democratic Party is getting very angry, and that came through clearly in this election." - Ed Gillespie

"You don't defend national sovereignty with flags, cheap election rhetoric, and advertising campaigns." - Stephen Harper

"I'm into politics - I'm interested in the election and how pissed off people get." - Pauly Shore

"Everybody is looking for an election where they can do something and participate." - Rand Paul

"It seems to me that election season is just a Petri dish for anger and cynicism." - Max Lucado

"Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches." - Gary Johnson

"[People] are ready to go out and vote. There's a difference between being ready and energized and actually going out and voting." - Julian Castro

"I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I'm concerned that voting for this [anti-terrorism] legislation fundamentally violates that oath." - Bernie Sanders

"Feingold won big after voting against the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts, and having cast the lone vote in the Senate against the Patriot Act" - Russ Feingold

"I will continue my consistent record of voting for lower taxes, less spending and fewer regulations to make our government more effective and efficient while upholding our Constitution." - Roscoe Bartlett

"Truth be told, except for foreign policy, Ron Paul's voting record and mine are virtually identical and I wear it as a badge of honor." - Paul Broun

"Its easy to view politicians as corrupt and voting essentially an act of picking the lesser of two evils. I understand that perspective and feel it's valid." - Macklemore

"The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking, and is voting for the other guy." - William Proxmire

"Politics is not just about voting one day every four years. Politics is the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the road we walk on." - Unita Blackwell

"I spent many years working for voting rights, but we still see sophisticated efforts, led by white officials, to disenfranchise black voters in local and national elections." - Edward Brooke

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin

"Voting is actually an exercise in futility and only used to convey false credibility to a controlled political system totally divorced from the people" - Ron Holland

"All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong." - Henry David Thoreau

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens." - Howard Zinn



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