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  • Suffrage is the pivotal right.
    * Susan B. Anthony


  • The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson colour of it should creep into his vote...The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.
    * G. K. Chesterton


  • 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.
    * Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • 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


  • I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy--"Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide."
    * John F. Kennedy


  • The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
    * John F. Kennedy


  • To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
    * Louis L'Amour


  • Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
    * Abraham Lincoln


  • Let us never 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 congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
    * Franklin D. Roosevelt


  • The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal--that you can gather votes like box tops--is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
    * Adlai Stevenson