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Voting Rights Quotes


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

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

"We live in a country where voting rights get gutted but Sharknado gets a sequel." - John Fugelsang

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

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

"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

"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 more that voting is glorified as a panacea, the more lackadaisical people become about preserving their constitutional rights." - James Bovard

"Blacks have no rights - in fact they were three - fifths human according to the constitution to give slave owners more voting rights. So that's African Americans." - Noam Chomsky

"Principle I : Legal rights are presumptive rights." - William Ernest Hocking

"Principle I:;: Legal rights are presumptive rights." - William Ernest Hocking

"At the end of the day, these are issues that need to be discussed: femicides, among other things - immigrant rights, women's' rights, indigenous people's rights, animal rights, Mother Earth's rights. If we don't talk about these topics, then we have no place in democracy. It won't exist. Democracy isn't just voting; it's relegating your rights." - Ruben Isaac Albarran Ortega

"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

"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

"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'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

"Ever since the civil rights movement, the black church has always encouraged people to utilize their voting right, which is a right that was fought for." - Otis Moss III

"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

"Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper." - Larry Flynt

"From 1965 to 1967, my dad, Jack Gilligan, served in Congress and helped pass landmark laws like the Voting Rights Act." - Kathleen Sebelius

"I think what happened during the Great Depression was that African Americans understood that Republicans championed citizenship and voting rights but they became impatient for economic emancipation." - Rand Paul

"In terms of political contributions, the free speech rights of corporations I dont think deserve the same protections as the free speech rights of real living, breathing, voting humans." - Chris Coons

"I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it." - Jeff Sessions

"Experiments in digitizing and running neural wetware under emulation are well established; some radical libertarians claim that, as the technology matures, death-with its draconian curtailment of property and voting rights-will become the biggest civil rights issue of all." - Charles Stross

"Her [Jurdge Sandra Day O'Connor] judgment has also been critical in protecting our environmental rights. She joined in 5-4 majorities affirming reproductive freedom and religious freedom and the Voting Rights Act." - Patrick Leahy

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 laid the foundation for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but it also addressed nearly every other aspect of daily life in a would-be free democratic society." - Aberjhani

"Experiments in digitizing and running neural wetware under emulation are well established; some radical libertarians claim that, as the technology matures, death with its draconian curtailment of property and voting rights will become the biggest civil rights issue of all." - Charles Stross

"In terms of political contributions, the free speech rights of corporations I don't think deserve the same protections as the free speech rights of real living, breathing, voting humans." - Chris Coons

"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

"Without property rights, no other rights are possible." - Ayn Rand

"Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation." - Macklemore

"I'm such an advocate for animal rights and environmental rights." - Beau Garrett

"I'm a civil rights attorney. I'm a victim rights attorney." - Gloria Allred

"Management has no divine rights." - Walter Reuther

"Putting the World to Rights" - Margaret Thatcher

"We must adopt reforms which will expand the range of opportunities for all Americans. We can fulfill the American dream only when each person has a fair chance to fulfill his own dreams. This means equal voting rights, equal employment opportunity and new opportunities for expanded ownership, because in order to be secure in their human rights, people need access to property rights." - Richard M. Nixon

"When the civil rights community raised a lot of concerns around the nomination of Mr. Sessions, Senator Sessions, one of the things was that he`s on record of saying things intrusive, like voting rights,that he doesn`t believe the federal government should interfere with local policing, almost like states` rights kind of rhetoric." - Al Sharpton

"The Democrats co-opted the credit for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But if you go back and look at the history, a larger percentage of Republicans voted for that than did Democrats. But a Democrat president signed it, so they co-opted credit for having passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965." - Herman Cain

"I know nothing of man's rights, or woman's rights; human rights are all that I recognize." - Sarah Moore Grimke

"The rights of homosexual people are human rights, and human rights are for everyone." - Ricky Martin

"Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"This is nothing new. We saw this with the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Right Act - constitutional challenges were brought to all three of these monumental pieces of legislation." - Stephanie Cutter

"The US is off the spectrum in religious commitment. It's been increasing since 1980 but it's a major part of the voting base of the Republican Party so that means committing to anti-abortion positions, opposing women's rights." - Noam Chomsky

"It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record." - Joe Baca

"We have seen voters denied their rights in recent elections as they have been incorrectly purged from lists, their absentee votes not counted, and voting machine integrity and security not assured." - Marcy Kaptur

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear." - Charles B Rangel

"I'm against voter fraud in any form, and I have long supported a national voter ID card. But ID cards need not - and must not - restrict voting rights in any way, shape or form." - Andrew Young

"Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done." - Elijah Cummings

"Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights - that's suppression by any light." - Artur Davis

"As a senator from the only true swing district in the Texas Senate, I've been targeted by the GOP for my outspoken criticism of their extremist attacks on public education and voting rights, to name just two examples." - Wendy Davis

"It was the biggest suppression of voting rights in our country's history since Jim Crow. And the thread of race runs from the beginning to the end of my book." - Sidney Blumenthal

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear." - Charles Rangel

"When you have incidences like the Trayvon Martin verdict, the erosion of certain fundamental rights like voting, it just reminds us that we're always one Supreme Court justice vote away from losing the progress that has been made." - Terri Sewell

"In many cases, the Treasury will get preferred or convertible preferred stock for the money it gives to banks. These shares typically don't have voting rights, possibly to give more of a hands-off appearance to the government." - Jerry A Webman

"We must continue to have voting rights in the state, not to politicize this, but they must have a voice in the rebuilding effort in the community from which they have been displaced." - Marc Morial

"When it comes to voting rights, Democrats push voter protection while Republicans shout voter fraud in a crowded polling place. Democrats think anyone who can vote should vote; Republicans think everyone who should vote can vote." - Christine Pelosi

"Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote. Those rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights and in our California Constitution. Voters and politicians alike would do well to take a look at the rights we each hold, which must never be chipped away by the whim of the majority." - James Bovard

"It's time for Congress to act, restore the Voting Rights Act, and take action to prevent voter disenfranchisem ent. As your next Congresswoman, I will stand up to the extremists in the Republican Party to ensure civil rights are protected for everyone." - Alma Adams

"When I went off to college, I went believing I was a Republican. And actually I was president of Young Republicans for a couple of months and then I decided that I was much more in the camp of people like, you know, President Johnson - trying to promote civil rights, voting rights, ending poverty." - Hillary Clinton

"I have been a long and strong supporter of civil rights in my whole career. I led the fight to get the voting rights act re-enacted. I have been a strong supporter of affirmative action. I believe in it strongly." - Dick Gephardt

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

"Elections matter and voting counts." - Barack Obama

"Voting is a civic sacrament." - Theodore Hesburgh

"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

"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

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

"You can't have occupation and human rights." - Christopher Hitchens

"Citizenship is the right to have rights." - Earl Warren

"Suffering gives us no special rights." - Albert Camus

"Don't waive your rights with your flags," - Sage Francis

"Respecting other people's rights is peace." - Dolores Huerta

"The true source of rights is duty." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Two rights don't equal a left." - Roald Dahl

"Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights." - Yahya Jammeh

"We support President Truman's civil rights program." - Eugenie Anderson

"The rights of some must not be enjoyed by denying the rights of others. Neither can we permit states' rights at the expense of human rights." - George W Romney

"I've become an animal rights activist." - Steve Wynn

"Animal rights without veganism is like human rights with slavery. It makes no sense. None whatsoever." - Gary L Francione

"Just as women's rights are human rights, women's progress is human progress," - Hillary Clinton

"I'm an atheist, and I believe religion is totally against human rights and women's rights." - Taslima Nasrin

"Once you sacrifice your rights, it's hard to get those rights protected again." - Dianne Feinstein

"I know of no rights of race superior to the rights of humanity." - Frederick Douglass

"Some other natural rights... [have] not yet entered into any declaration of rights." - Thomas Jefferson

"The rights of one are as sacred as the rights of a million." - Eugene V Debs

"The Declaration of Independence . . . [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man." - Thomas Jefferson

"We know that if one man's rights are denied, the rights of all are endangered." - Robert Kennedy

"The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened." - John F Kennedy

"Male-female fusion does not create women's rights. It creates a fusion of rights." - Warren Farrell

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less." - Susan B Anthony

"Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it's all the same." - Daryl Hannah

"The rights of women are to the 21st century what civil rights were to the 20th." - Tina Brown

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely - and the right to be heard." - Hillary Clinton

"Gays have rights, lesbians have rights, men have rights, women have rights, even animals have rights. How many of us have to die before the community recognizes that we are not expendable?" - Octavia St. Laurent

"Civil libertarian activists are found overwhelmingly on the left. Their right-wing brethren have been concerned with issues more important than civil rights, voting rights, abuses by police and the military, and the subordination of politics to religion - issues like the campaign to expand human freedom by turning highways over to toll-extracting private corporations and the crusade to funnel money from Social Security to Wall Street brokerage firms." - Michael Lind

"In the early fight for women's rights, the point was not that women were morally superior or better. The conversation was about the difference between men and women - power, privilege, voting rights, etc. Unfortunately, it quickly moved to the "women are better" argument. If this were true in life or in fiction, we wouldn't have any dark or deep characters. We wouldn't have any Salomes, Carmens, Ophelias. We wouldn't have any jealousy or passion." - Margaret Atwood

"Michelle Alexander's brave and bold new book paints a haunting picture in which dreary felon garb, post-prison joblessness, and loss of voting rights now do the stigmatizing work once done by colored-only water fountains and legally segregated schools. With dazzling candor, Alexander argues that we all pay the cost of the new Jim Crow." - Lani Guinier

"If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished," - Ehud Olmert

"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

"A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law." - Thomas Jefferson

"President Lyndon Johnson's high spirits were marked as he circulated among the many guests whom he had invited to witness an event he confidently felt to be historic, the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.... The bill that lay on the polished mahogany desk was born in violence in Selma, Alabama, where a stubborn sheriff... had stumbled against the future." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Voting rights expert and legal scholar Pam Karlan reports that as of 2004, there were more black men disenfranchised than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting laws that deny the right to vote on the basis of race." - Michelle Alexander

"I would like the Supreme Court to understand that voting rights are still a big problem in many parts of America, that we don't always do everything we can to make it possible for people of color and older people and young people to be able to exercise their franchise." - Hillary Clinton

"U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz accused Republicans of trying to make it a crime to be an illegal alien. Democrats see a conspiracy plot. First Republicans want to say that illegal aliens are illegal, next they're going to want to take away their voting rights." - Argus Hamilton

"Marriage equality is a very middle-class issue and voting rights is a very working-class issue. If you do not vote, who are you speaking for? Who will be the next Fannie Lou Hamer? If not you or someone you know, then who?" - Darryl Pinckney

"Well, my personal mission statement is that we want marriage equality in all 50 states. We want it not to be a state-by-state issue. We don't want it to be something the majority is voting on. I don't think the civil rights of any minority should be in the hands of any majority." - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

"Having personally watched the Voting Rights Act being signed into law that August day, I can't begin to imagine how we could have all been so wrong in believing that more Americans would vote once they were all truly free to do so." - Andrew Young

"Men and women in my lifetime have died fighting for the right to vote: people like James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered while registering black voters in Mississippi in 1964, and Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1965 during the Selma march for voting rights." - Jeff Greenfield

"It has been hard to get my head around how Justice Antonin Scalia rationalizes his decisions. His body blow to the Voting Rights Act was a head scratcher, but at least he was calm when he attempted to justify his odd logic." - Henry Rollins

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

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

"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

"Nobody would say, 'I'm voting for this guy because he's got the stronger chin,' but that, in fact, is partly what happens." - Daniel Kahneman

"Voting, the be all and end all of modern democratic politicians, has become a farce, if indeed it was ever anything else. By voting, the people decide only which of the oligarchs preselected for them as viable candidates will wield the whip used to flog them and will command the legion of willing accomplices and anointed lickspittles who perpetrate the countless violations of the people's natural rights. Meanwhile, the masters soothe the masses by assuring them night and day that they - the plundered and bullied multitudes who compose the electorate - are themselves the government." - Robert Higgs

"People have opinions about everything and especially when you get into that world of animal rights or tree rights or whatever rights, they all have an opinion." - Danica Patrick

"No Republican questions or disputes civil rights. I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act." - Rand Paul

"Like being a woman, like being a racial religious tribal or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights." - Hillary Clinton

"Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Despotic rules are attempting to deprive women of their rights." - Yousef Saanei

"We don't have rights until we claim them." - Richard Bach

"Our rights come from nature and God, not government." - Paul Ryan

"It takes no compromise to give people their rights" - Harvey Milk

"Transgender discrimination is the civil rights issue of our time" - Joe Biden

"... non-use of rights does not destroy them." - Matilda Joslyn Gage

"I don't fight for bragging rights. I've proved myself." - Floyd Mayweather Jr

"It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights." - Tariq Ali

"Education is the civil rights issue of our generation." - Arne Duncan

"I've been a longtime advocate of farmworker rights." - Eva Longoria

"I'm both an artist / filmmaker and a human rights defender." - Pamela Yates

"Only majorities can expand political rights in America's constitutional society." - David Barton

"Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights." - Mahnaz Afkhami

"Equal rights for all, special privileges for none" - Thomas Jefferson

"Where there are no rights, there are no duties." - Benjamin Constant de Rebecque

"During war we imprison the rights of man." - Jean Giraudoux

"Women haven't yet completely exchanged their privileges for their rights." - Clemence Dane

"Men should not petition for rights, but take them" - Thomas Paine

"Liberty is about our rights to question everything." - Ai Weiwei

"I'm a Christian woman, but I believe in human rights," - Portia Simpson-Miller

"Im a child of the Civil Rights Movement." - Danny Glover

"If you believe in equal rights, then what do "women's rights," "gay rights," etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all." - Thomas Sowell

"No Ordinary American Cares About Their Constitutional Rights" - Joe Biden

"I believe in the rights of creatures other than man." - David R Brower

"Rights and responsibilities are ... different sides of the same coin." - G. Edward Griffin

"Trade unions infringe upon the property rights of company owners." - Barry Goldwater

"[Fidel Castro] has a very good [human rights] record." - Oliver Stone

"Animals have rights, to be smothered with garlic and butter!" - Ted Nugent



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