Slavery is but half abolished, emancipation is but half completed, while millions of freeman with votes in their hands are left without education.
Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy...It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Ask a man which way he is going to vote, and he will probably tell you. Ask him, however, why, and vagueness is all.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.
To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing.
Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
When you learn to make everybody happy, you will possess the golden secret of how to milk the contented voters. But do it in such a way that they wont think you want them to vote for you just because you need the money.They need the money, and besides, they can think up other reasons if they try.
If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it.
There can no longer be anyone too poor to vote.
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Millions of votes are thrown out in election after election in this country. Now that's a story.
Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust.
Vote early and vote often.
Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
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