Here are some of our favorite Vote Quotes. Which is the most meaningful to you?

  • "So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." Voltaire, philosopher of the French Enlightenment
  • "Let us not forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country." Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the U.S.
  • "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. President
  • "When the shadow of the Presidential and Congressional election is lifted we shall, I hope to be in a better temper to legislate.” James Garfield, 20th U.S. President
  • "Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust." Steven Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th U.S. President
  • "A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user." Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president
  • "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter." Dwight D.Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President
  • "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." Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. President
  • "A man without a vote is a man without protection." Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. President
  • "Our military service members put their lives on the line to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans - yet many still face substantial roadblocks as they attempt to cast their ballots...This legislation begins to right this national disgrace." Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Texas) He was referring to the MOVE Act enacted in October 2009.
  • "Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote." William Simon, United States Secretary of the Treasury under Gerald Ford
  • "There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen." Author unknown
  • "In times of stress and strain, people will vote." Author unknown, but attributed to a British parliamentarian debate
  • "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." Nancy Neuman, President of the League of Women Voters, 1986-1990
  • "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." American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Voting is simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting." American editor and satirist Henry Louis Mencken
  • "Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half." American author Gore Vidal
  • "A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election." Bill Vaughan, syndicated columnist for the Kansas City Star
  • "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." American drama critic George Jean Nathan

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