Subject: Government » Elections/Voting

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.

(1915 – 1977) columnist, writer & actor

Vote early and vote often.

(1899 – 1947) American gangster

Vote: The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

(1842 – 1914) author & satirist

If the people of a democracy are allowed to do so, they will vote away the freedoms which are essential to that democracy.

Get the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.

(1902 – 1963) Danish actor

Democracy: A system whereby the person who never votes can cuss out the man the other people elected.

Short-term success with voters on any side of a given issue can be guaranteed by creating a long-term special study commission made up of at least three divergent interest groups.

A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.

(1947 – ) U.S. vice president & politician

Unopposed candidate: An officeholder who has mastered the art of campaign reform.

You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.

(1947 – ) U.S. Secretary of State, senator (New York) & first lady

We have the greatest democracy in the world; of course, you don't have to win the election to become president, but don't nitpick this to death, alright?

(1953 – ) American comedian & writer

Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing.

(1870 – 1965) businessman & politician

I don't want to elect anyone stupid enough to want the job.

(1927 – 1996) columnist & humorist

A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.

William Sydney Porter (1862 – 1910) American writer

In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it’s a sport.

(1932 – ) comedian, social activist, critic & writer

I’m thrilled that the American people stopped him from running this time; as a citizen, I’m happy about that, but as a comic, I weep.

(1948 – ) stand-up comedian, actor, author & playwright

If voting changed anything they’d abolish it.

(1945 – ) British politician

Elector: One who enjoys the sacred privilege of voting for the man of another man’s choice.

(1842 – 1914) author & satirist

Recount: In American politics, another throw of the dice, accorded to the player against whom they are loaded.

(1842 – 1914) author & satirist

Why am I running for president? … Well, my wife… says it is because I sustained several severe blows to the head in prison camp.

(1936 – ) U.S. senator (Arizona) and presidential candidate

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.

(1920 – 1994) German-born author & poet
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