Election Day/Voting Quotes

"Voting is a civic sacrament."
- Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

"It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting."
- Tom Stoppard

"Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be."
- Sydney J. Harris

"A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation."
- James Freeman Clarke

"If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children."
- Coretta Scott King

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

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by downright moron."
- H.L. Mencken

"Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"A man without a vote is a man without protection."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King, Jr

"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

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that you vote is never lost."
- John Quincy Adams

"Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has as much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress or any President."
- Barbara Boxer

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