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Power Of Voting Quotes


"Voting is the first duty of democracy." - Lyndon B Johnson

"Voting for the lesser of two evils is voting for your own enslavement." - Gerald Celente

"Well, first of all, I think that a lot of the voters who are voting for the tea party candidates have really good impulses. That is, they believe that for years and years and years, the people with wealth and power or government power have done well and ordinary people have not. That's true." - Bill Clinton

"Well, first of all, I think that a lot of the voters who are voting for the tea party candidates have really good impulses. That is, they believe that for years and years and years, the people with wealth and power or government power have done well and ordinary people have not. That's true." - William J Clinton

"No president in modern times has come to power with less political experience or less managerial experience. On the other hand, no president has come to power with a clearer record of political extremism. As senator, Barack Obama had the most left-wing voting record in the Senate. . . ." - Bob Tyrrell

"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 is one central characteristic of anarchism on the matter of means, and that central principle is a principle of direct action - of not going through the forms that the society offers you, of representative government, of voting, of legislation, but directly taking power." - Howard Zinn

"Widespread use of online voting will create the potential for abuse that will make the problems inherent in e-voting pale in comparison." - Bob Barr

"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

"I will step outside the system. Voting for the "lesser evil"-or failing to vote at all-is part of the corporate agenda to crush what is left of our anemic democracy. And those who continue to participate in the vaudeville of a two-party process, who refuse to confront in every way possible the structures of corporate power, assure our mutual destruction." - Chris Hedges

"Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men." - Henry David Thoreau

"I have come to see more and more that one of the most decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We've got to gain the ballot, and through that gain, political power." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There should be just no end to what we can do when we operate with the courage of our convictions and we get out there in the street, in the voting booth, we assert our power and we take our democracy back." - Jill Stein

"The right of voting for representatives , is the primary right by which other rights are protected." - Thomas Paine

"Raising the standard of the work, not complaining about somebody not voting." - Denzel Washington

"As Negro voting increased, Congress got an improved sense of hearing." - W E B Du Bois

"We know we only have about half of our population that's voting." - Dolores Huerta

"I think that ranked-choice voting makes a lot of sense." - Julianne Malveaux

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

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

"It's a complicated set of opinions that women bring to the voting booth." - Eleanor Clift

"Well, I've been a Republican for all of my voting life." - Carly Fiorina

"No one questions the validity, the urgency, the essentiality of the Voting Rights Act." - Anthony Kennedy

"Richard Nixon was not the lesser evil, he was the greater evil, but in his administration the war was finally brought to an end, because he had to deal with the power of the anti-war movement as well as the power of the Vietnamese movement. I will vote, but always with a caution that voting is not crucial, and organizing is the important thing." - Howard Zinn

"Voting is not only our right, it is our power. When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up, and to stand with those who support us and each other." - Loung Ung

"[James] Madison pointed out in the discussion of the constitutional debates - the constitutional convention - that democracy would be a danger. He used England of course as the model and said suppose that in England everyone had the free right to vote; the poor, the propertyless - who are the great majority - would use their voting power to take away the rights of property owners to carry out what we would call land reform." - Noam Chomsky

"We have reached a stage where governments and political processes have been hijacked by the corporate world. Corporations can within five hours influence the vote in the U.S. Congress. They can influence the entire voting patterns of the Indian Parliament. Ordinary people who put governments in power might want to go in a different direction. I call this the phenomenon of the inverted state, where the state is no longer accountable to the people. The state only serves the interests of corporations." - Vandana Shiva

"ELECTOR, n. One who enjoys the sacred privilege of voting for the man of another man's choice." - Ambrose Bierce

"Voting is simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting." - H L Mencken

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

"Any time you have, you know, upwards of 90 percent of a demographic voting against somebody, that's a statement." - Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

"Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed." - Deforest Soaries

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

"Our youth [with their overwhelming support of Obama] are voting for a permanent tax on their life" - Dennis Prager

"Voting is one of the few things where boycotting in protest clearly makes the problem worse rather than better." - Jane Bowles

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

"Voting really doesn't mean anything. I wish I could say something different, but I think it's kind of a sham." - Aaron Mcgruder

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

"In America, one of our challenges, historically, is that we have very low voting rates, even during presidential elections." - Barack Obama

"We made a mistake lowering the voting age to 18. I think it happened basically out of guilt." - Christopher Shays

"Concealing one's true medical condition from the voting public is a time-honored tradition of the American presidency." - Robert Dallek

"I believe that voting is the first act of building a community as well as building a country." - John Ensign

"Trumpeting the importance of voting deludes people into thinking that they have a leash on the government." - James Bovard

"I love voting day. I love the sight of my fellow citizens lining up to make their voices heard." - Beth Broderick

"I think it's difficult for members of Congress to be as independent as they need to be in their voting." - Jim Moran

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

"I think voting for the lesser of two evils in game theory always leads to more evil." - Penn Jillette

"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 problem with voting is that because your individual vote makes very little difference, you're voting with a mass of others, you have very little incentive to take care in carefully considering what your vote would mean." - Jason Brennan

"Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government." - Marty Meehan

"The people have only a very vague direct power. They have the power of voting against the administration, again after its decisions have been taken; but they have no way of getting into the question of policy-making, decision-making, except insofar as the vague forces and pressures of public debate and public opinion have their impact on the President. The President still has to decide. He can't go to the people and ask them to decide for him; he has to make the decision. In that sense he was condemned to be a dictator." - Walter Millis

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

"Elections matter and voting counts." - Barack Obama

"Voting is a civic sacrament." - Theodore Hesburgh

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

"If U.S. national sovereignty continues, it is only as a state that Puerto Rico will have permanent 10th Amendment powers over its non-federal affairs, as well as voting power in Congress." - Dick Thornburgh

"I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free." - William F Buckley Jr

"The object of power is power." - George Orwell

"The reputation of power IS power." - Thomas Hobbes

"The voting records of virtually every member of Congress reveal that the oath of office is more a ceremonial gesture than a sacred commitment." - Tom Coburn

"The balance of power." - Robert Walpole

"Every voting choice you exercise ought to be for the candidate, platform, party, or policy that will best represent the values of the kingdom of God." - Tony Evans

"We will all be better citizens when voting records of our Congressmen are followed as carefully as scores of pro-football games." - Louise Erickson

"The people of America are tired of voting based on what candidates have told them they're gonna do, and nothing ever changes." - Rush Limbaugh

"Indonesian people have no idea whom they are actually voting for, or of what their political system consists of. It is so easy to fool them." - Andre Vltchek

"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

"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

"People are voting for the kind of country they want to live in, and there are different views about what kind of country we should have." - Jonathan Haidt

"Just because a group does not take its decisions by voting does not mean they have no understanding of the essence of democracy." - George Ayittey

"Voting is the least arduous of a citizen's duties. He has the prior and harder duty of making up his mind." - Ralph Barton Perry

"We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy." - Lyndon B Johnson

"Many of the touted advantages of electronic voting can still be achieved with paper ballots if you use a computerized ballot marking scheme." - Avi Rubin

"In a well-functioning democracy, citizens have the option of voting their political masters out of office. Not so in most companies." - Gary Hamel

"I was the Secretary of State of New Jersey in November 2000. I paid careful attention to the challenges that stemmed from inadequate voting systems in various places." - Deforest Soaries

"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

"A lot of people voting for Pat Buchanan say they are doing so to send a message. Apparently that message is, 'Hey, look at me, I'm an idiot.'" - Dennis Miller

"I had incorrectly, for all of my adult life until 2008, believed the biggest voting myth that exists - that ex-felons cannot vote." - 2 Chainz

"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

"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

"(...) The new nine muses, Commerce, Operatic Music, Amor, Publicity, Manufacture, Liberty of Specch, Plural Voting, Gastronomy, Private Hygiene, Seaside Concert Entertainments, Painless Obstetrics and Astronomy for the People." - James Joyce

"Did you know that we are the only people in the United States who have to have their voting rights okayed every couple of years?" - Whoopi Goldberg

"We desire to give the Soviet people absolute liberty of voting for those they desire to elect, those whom they trust to ensure their interests." - Joseph Stalin

"It is preposterous to believe that the Russians had any effect on the outcome of voting in America. It's absurd. There is no evidence." - Rush Limbaugh

"I'd like to think that in a generation or two we'll have politicians whose life experience reflects that of the people who are voting for them." - Billy Bragg

"Poor whites didn't have rights. They made all kind of restrictions on voting. So person meant relatively well - off, free white man." - Noam Chomsky

"I know how important voting and elections are. But everybody know that life is going to be life regardless of who is president." - Lil Wayne

"Sometimes, people forget my record of fiscal conservatism on major issues in the state legislature. The greatest example is my voting against the pension borrowing scheme in 1997." - Leonard Lance

"As a citizen, you need to know how to be a part of it, how to express yourself - and not just by voting." - Sandra Day Oconnor

"Women ought to be fully guarded by law in all rights of property, labor, profession, etc.; but, roughly stated, the voting population ought to represent the fighting population." - John Boyle Oreilly

"Something is clearly wrong with Kansas and the rest of Middle America when it comes to letting economic self-interest guide their voting." - Howell Raines

"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

"I had incorrectly, for all of my adult life until 2008, believed the biggest voting myth that exists - that ex-felons cannot vote." - Two Chainz

"The failure in Ohio to have adequate voting capacity for the people who were registered and eligible to vote was an absolute denial of their right to vote." - Carol Moseley Braun

"I am sure that every one of my colleagues - Democrat, Republican, and Independent - agrees with that statement. That in the voting booth, every one is equal." - Barbara Boxer

"As a citizen, you need to know how to be a part of it, how to express yourself - and not just by voting." - Sandra Day O'Connor

"I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting . . . it was the start of a new Arab world.. The Berlin Wall has fallen." - Walid Jumblatt

"It's the concept of having a computer voting machine that bothers me, more so than the specific poor implementation that we have from Diebold." - Avi Rubin

"Political scientists have long argued that party identification is the best possible predictor of voting behavior and is remarkably sticky over time." - Rick Perlstein

"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

"There's a terrible danger in voting for the lesser of two evils because the parties can set it up that way." - Hunter S Thompson

"Voting has proliferated in the United States, and it has reached a point where there is now almost one vote available per citizen over the age of eighteen." - P J Orourke

"Every vote should carry a serial number, so that responsibility for harmful or careless use of the vote can be traced. Concealed voting should be outlawed." - P J Orourke

"When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decided to open up the voting beyond their inner circle, to the actual fans, that's when I think everything changed." - John Oates

"If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It" - Ken Livingstone

"I'm definitely voting for First Gentleman." - Chelsea Clinton

"I've never disclosed for whom I'm voting." - Max Lucado

"I'm not voting for Hillary Clinton." - Joe Heck

"If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it." - Ken Livingstone

"Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting." - Robert Frost

"Voting is an individual, personal thing." - Hill Harper

"I think it's important for fans to be involved in all aspects of the game. We saw the league certainly make that move towards involving fans with pro bowl voting, I'm not sure that fan voting will ever be a part of the Hall of Fame, but it is always interesting to get the perspective of the fans." - Howie Long

"That the will of the people can be established by voting for democrats is, of course, a delusion. Yet when considering a non-threatening system for deciding between diverse interests, then voting, of course, can be regarded as a humane and civilized process." - Robert Musil

"We see people voting for bills that their ideals and principles are opposed to, but because their little funding project is in there, they're voting for it. We might say it's one percent of all spending but the impact of that spending is far greater." - Sean Duffy

"The laws that stopped blacks from voting were the worst, because they prevented blacks from voting someone into parliament who could change the other laws. Even though the blacks were the majority of the population, they were still not getting a say." - Nelson Mandela

"Our current tax code is one that was designed by and for the benefit of politicians and lobbyists. It punishes achievement and rewards laziness. It punishes the voting blocks unimportant to politicians, and rewards voting blocks who keep them in office." - Neal Boortz

"We have now an American political party and a European one. Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans. But it doesn't matter because that's what they're voting for. They're voting for dependency, for lack of ambition, and for insolvency." - Harvey Mansfield

"The NRA is weakening but the opposing forces are stronger. A member of Congress has and still does pay a price for voting against the NRA. But now a member pays a price for voting with the NRA, too. In many districts, the price is higher when a member votes with the NRA than against the NRA. The public is outraged." - Charles Schumer

"One way of looking at Impossibility Theorem is that we proposed some criteria for what a good system should be: what is it you want from a voting system, and impose some conditions. And then ask: can you have a voting system that guarantees that?" - Kenneth Arrow

"If the right wing has their way and state's rights control voting rights, they would remove protections that make it difficult for seniors to vote. It would be harder for students to vote on campus. These are attempts to suppress acts of voting." - Jesse Jackson

"But the way they phrase those things when you get to the voting booth, you don't know which way you're voting, cause it's like, "Should we not eat unbabies not on this not day?" .... So you vote no on it, and then it's on the news the next day. "Well, 74% of Americans have decided it's time to eat babies."" - Kyle Cease

"[Marco Rubio] a total non-show senator. I mean, he was elected - he defrauded the people of Florida. He was elected to be a senator. He was elected to go and vote on important matters, and he's all over the country. He's not voting. I mean, he's not voting." - Donald Trump

"I'm a member of the Recording Academy and I see the way it works and even with the whole voting process it's broken down into specific categories. There are Pop categories and Dance and Rock and Metal and Film and Score and everything else. Basically when you are voting you are urged not to vote in the category that you don't know anything about." - John Petrucci

"The caucus is a sort of representative meeting which sits voting and voting till they have cut out all the known men against whom much is to be said, and agreed on some unknown man against whom there is nothing known, and therefore nothing to be alleged." - Walter Bagehot

"Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don't put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It's something you're supposed to do. Now, you can't go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That's stupid." - Chuck D

"Change arises from conviction. Stop voting in fear. Start voting for hope." - George Monbiot

"A worker voting for Mitt Romney is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders," - Richard Trumka

"The people who are voting for Trump are not voting rationally." - Gene Weingarten

"People that have died 10 years ago are still voting, illegal immigrants are voting." - Donald Trump

"The power of the heart is the power of Life." - Gary Zukav

"The real secret of power is consciousness of power." - Charles F. Haanel

"The power of art is the power of truth." - Julian Beck

"The power of miracle is the power of imagination." - Ludwig Feuerbach

"Never give power of attorney." - Debbie Reynolds

"Understand the power of asking." - Drayton Bird

"Harness the power of peers." - Daniel H Pink

"What power is higher than the power of purity?" - Swami Vivekananda

"Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely." - Adlai Stevenson

"Power abdicates only under stress of counter-power." - Martin Buber

"There's no greater power than the power of good-bye." - Madonna Ciccone

"Information is power. Disinformation is abuse of power." - Newton Lee

"People with power always take advantage of those without power." - Christopher Pike

"Man's greatest power lies in the power of prayer." - W Clement Stone

"The power of purity-it is a definite power." - Swami Vivekananda

"Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely." - Adlai Stevenson I

"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat." - John Lehman

"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat." - John F Lehman Jr

"I say a vote for the Democrats or Republicans is the ONLY wasted vote.... By buying into the rhetoric that there are only two parties worth voting increase their power. And with it, you promote the watered-down freedoms and endless government growth that these two parties consisently vote for." - Carla Howell

"When New Labour came to power, we got a Right-wing Conservative government. I came to realise that voting Labour wasn't in Scotland's interests any more. Any doubt I had about that was cast aside for ever when I saw Gordon Brown cosying up to Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street." - Jimmy Reid

"President Bush remained undeterred by the massive display of American opposition, even though much of it came from the hundreds of thousands of voters who supported him by voting for Nader." - Jon Stewart



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