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Voting Quotes


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

"Calling out people for not voting, what experts term 'public shaming,' can prod someone to cast a ballot." - Charles Duhigg

"Historically, the responsibility for voting on the debt limit has gone to the party in the majority." - Jacob Lew

"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

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

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

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

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

"Touch screen voting is a fine thing so long as they have a voter-verified paper trail." - Joan Blades

"I truly believe that before I retire from public office, I'll be voting for a woman for president." - Barbara Mikulski

"Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it's really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues." - Howard Rheingold

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

"Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues." - Tony Snow

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

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

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

"As long as Florida remains a swing state, Cuban exiles in Florida will remain a very powerful voting bloc." - Joshua A Tucker

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

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

"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

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

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

"So that they can actually make it known to the American people before they vote what they're voting for." - Betty Hill

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

"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

"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

"Strong views exist on both sides but I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry too, is a step forward for our country." - David Cameron

"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

"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 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

"When I have to choose between voting for the people or the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget." - Henry Fountain Ashurst

"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

"The recession is everywhere. We need to be heard. Wouldn't it be great if there could be more referendums so we could have regular voting on specific points?" - Joss Stone

"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

"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

"The Republican-controlled House voted to repeal the healthcare bill. If that goes well, they'll see what they can do about this whole 'women voting' thing." - Conan O'Brien

"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

"We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Spain has no foolish dreams." - Francisco Franco

"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

"The people voting for the Oscars are so old. I haven't seen one Academy Award voter with a tampon in her purse." - Joan Rivers

"Anyone who wants to vote probably shouldn't be allowed to vote. Voting is the first step towards zombification - trying to get something without actually working for it." - Bill Bonner

"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

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

"You should vote for Neoprene Byzantine in the Hot Hundred, they're really sweet guys and that Moscow song is just wow! Hurry guys voting closes really soon mwah!" - Taylor Swift

"Gay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way. When women got the right to vote, it did not redefine voting." - Cynthia Nixon

"(...) 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

"Models: I'm not voting for you for any stupid magazine list! If you were really that Hot you wouldn't have to beg the world to stuff the ballot." - Daniel Tosh

"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.

"All you need to know is this. You can never go wrong by voting for a bill that fails, or against a bill that passes." - Bob Dole

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

"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

"I think almost everything important that's ever happened was unimaginable shortly before it happened. Good things and bad things: ending slavery, ending child labor, women voting, etc." - David Swanson

"I think people that are, you know, voting in the blind are doing a disservice to America by not being better informed." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"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

"The Russians could not have had any impact whatsoever on voting in America, either how they were cast or how they were counted." - Rush Limbaugh

"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

"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

"Actually, voting in countries like Indonesia is unpatriotic, as it only legitimizes the regime, which serves foreign political and economic interests, as well as those totally prostituted 'elites'." - Andre Vltchek

"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 won't be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton either, both are too flawed in my opinion to be allowed near the Oval Office." - Christopher Michael Cillizza

"If voting wasn't important, why would they be spending so much time and so much energy trying to stop you from doing it?" - Andrew Aydin

"I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for. I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her." - Paul Wolfowitz

"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

"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

"Yet we have a voting system that forbids us from actually bringing our values into our vote, which is, in my view, quite a disaster." - Jill Stein

"I think we should keep voting, I think we should keep supporting things that we believe in. I don't think we ought to just quit." - Charlie Daniels

"Don't believe the hype that black North Carolinians are not voting. We've heard this time and time again. It's just not the truth." - Julianne Malveaux

"Marches work, rallies work, civil disobedience works, direct action works, voting works, writing letters works, speaking to churches and schools works, rioting works." - Cleve Jones

"[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'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

"Politics imagined as direct agency, whether by voting or by participating in politics, you can think you're not political because you don't do anything between elections." - Aleksandar Hemon

"People tend to favor the underdog, like in the movies we favor the underdog, but when it comes to voting, we vote for the bully. It's so strange." - Jon Gnarr

"Low oil prices played a part in a major move by Congress voting to end the 40-year-old ban on exporting American crude oil." - Ari Shapiro

"I was guided by Allah (God) to give a yardstick to the voting public, particularly Black people as to what will set that candidate apart from others." - Louis Farrakhan

"It's very hard to understand when you're not out there but voting somebody off on Survivor almost feels like you're killing them." - Aras Baskauskas

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Senator Marco 'amnesty' Rubio, who has worst voting record in Senate, just hit me on national security - but I said don't go into Iraq." - Donald Trump

"Young people voted [on Brexit] to remain by a considerable margin, but were outvoted. They were voting for their future, yet it has been taken from them." - Tim Farron

"Pot smokers may be the largest untapped voting bloc in the country. ... A hundred million Americans have smoked marijuana. You think they want to be considered criminals?" - Gary Johnson

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Let the black man vote when he is fit to vote; prohibit the white man voting when he is unfit to vote." - Warren G Harding

"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

"Look at the declining television coverage. Look at the declining voting rate. Economics and economic news is what moves the country now, not politics." - Robert Teeter

"When I have to choose between voting for the people or the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget." - Henry F Ashurst

"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

"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

"I think you have to ask yourself does voting work on the level that you are trying to effectuate change; that is the conversation you must have." - Lupe Fiasco

"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

"In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it's a sport." - Dick Gregory

"Being adequately informed is a democratic duty, just as the vote is a democratic right. A misinformed electorate, voting without knowledge, is not a true democracy." - Jay Griffiths

"I always preach that you have to be active as a citizen no matter what, and some people just voting as an excuse not to do anything." - Lupe Fiasco

"My mum was Labour-voting, but wanted us to know we were important. Basically, everyone's equal, but you, my children, are a bit better." - Martin Freeman

"Voting is a right that has been given to every American; however, as Christ followers, our votes should reflect our God." - Monica Johnson

"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

"According to the U.S. Census, the most common reason people give for not voting is that they were too busy or had conflicting work or school schedules." - Jeff Miller

"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

"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

"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 think it's important that campaigns be aired all the way through, that people aren't voting three weeks before, before debates are held." - Judy Woodruff

"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

"The Conservative Party have got to ask themselves, 'How do we persuade people who at the moment are voting Labour and Liberal Democrat to vote Conservative" - Kenneth Clarke

"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

"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

"They are voting whether to keep a governor two years or four. I think a good, honest governor should get four years, and the others life." - Will Rogers

"I would like to thank my colleagues for voting a Social Democrat prime minister and to assure them I will vote a liberal president, as well." - Victor Ponta

"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

"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

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

"In the melting pot that is America, inclusive trumps exclusive. Whether it's single women, young adults, or minorities, alienating the rapidly growing voting blocs is not smart politics." - Eliot Spitzer

"I'm a registered Independent. But my brother says it's obvious that I'm a Republican sympathizer. Once I get in the voting booth, it doesn't matter." - Stephen Baldwin

"Evangelical Christians, who once were a ridiculed irrelevant sectarian movement, have, over just three decades, become a powerful voting bloc that can no longer be ignored." - Tony Campolo

"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

"We are not voting for health care if we do not resolve this language on public funding for abortion - no public funding for abortion." - Bart Stupak

"On my travels around the world, I've met people in countries where democracy doesn't exist and if it does, they are intimidated into voting in a certain way." - Ross Kemp

"Mr. Cain would structurally change the voting demographic. There would be more black economic conservatives, and the Democrats would lose their stranglehold on the black vote." - Alveda King

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

"The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood - rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky - they all turn out in one day." - David Byrne

"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

"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

"You can bring your children under age 18 into the voting booth with you. Many families do so as a way to teach civic responsibility." - Christine Pelosi

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"How do we say, why do you keep voting for people who are giving more tax breaks to billionaires, who are going to send your jobs abroad, not going to let you form a union, not going to allow your kids to go to college? Why do you keep voting for these guys?" - Bernie Sanders

"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



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