Quotes and Sayings about Voting



"When I have to choose between voting for the people or the special interests, I always stick with the special interests. They remember. The people forget."
- Henry F. Ashurst
(Related: People, Forget, Voting)

"It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Civil rights, Honor, Nation, Voting)

"I will continue my consistent record of voting for lower taxes, less spending and fewer regulations to make our government more effective and efficient while upholding our Constitution."
- Roscoe Bartlett
(Related: Government, Constitution, Taxes, Voting, Will)

"I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Age, Thought, People, Being, Congress, Fortune, Injustice, Old, Right, Vietnam, Vote, Voting)

"Truth is, we offered it to Tom Hanks, which pretty much every movie in America does, but Tom passed. Billy Bob said that Hanks recently called and said he's voting for all of us for Oscars, he loved the film."
- Peter Berg
(Related: Truth, America, Film, Pretty, Voting)

"I'm totally down with insurrection in the street. I've had a great time with that over the years. Insurrection in the voting booth is the other part of the equation."
- Jello Biafra
(Related: Time, Voting, Years)

"I want to believe that those who have been appointed to accomplish this mission will be totally committed, devoting all their skills and determination to their work. I urge you to lend them your support so that, together, we can build that bright future worthy of our country."
- Paul Biya
(Related: Work, Determination, Country, Future, Mission, Support, Want, Will)

"In my lifetime, we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We've gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in twelve years, we'll be voting for plants."
- Lewis Black
(Related: Evolution, Plants, Voting, Years)

"Touch screen voting is a fine thing so long as they have a voter-verified paper trail."
- Joan Blades
(Related: Voting)

"It was the biggest suppression of voting rights in our country's history since Jim Crow. And the thread of race runs from the beginning to the end of my book."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: History, Beginning, Country, End, Rights, Race, Voting)

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."
- James Bovard
(Related: Democracy, Sheep, Voting)

"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 a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Congress, Country, President, Vote, Voting, Weight)

"I am sure that every one of my colleagues - Democrat, Republican, and Independent - agrees with that statement. That in the voting booth, every one is equal."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Republican, Voting)

"The failure in Ohio to have adequate voting capacity for the people who were registered and eligible to vote was an absolute denial of their right to vote."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: People, Failure, Denial, Right, Vote, Voting)

"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."
- Charles Bukowski
(Related: Time, Democracy, Dictatorship, Difference, First, Vote, Voting, Waste)

"I think probably the only thing that is around in these songs is that I was really lonely when I wrote a lot of them. But it was really by my own choosing because I was devoting myself to songwriting and dancing and I wasn't really going out and seeing people."
- Kate Bush
(Related: People, Dancing, Lonely, Songs)

"For our white members, voting is something they have done for hundreds of years. But for us, it is not such a traumatic thing, because we have never participated in an election."
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
(Related: Voting, Years)

"The Republicans have put together serious detailed counter-proposals when we have objected to this administration's agenda. And so, I want to tell the President and remind him again, we're not voting no for political expediency. We've got our principles, and we're going to stand up and defend those."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Expediency, President, Principles, Republicans, Voting, Want)

"It's a complicated set of opinions that women bring to the voting booth."
- Eleanor Clift
(Related: Women, Opinions, Voting)

"Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Integrity, Obligation, Right, Voting)

"Well, first of all, I think that a lot of the voters who are voting for the tea party candidates have really good impulses. That is, they believe that for years and years and years, the people with wealth and power or government power have done well and ordinary people have not. That's true."
- William J. Clinton
(Related: Government, Power, People, Wealth, First, Impulses, Party, Tea, Voting, Years)

"We are scheduled to meet this year fewer days than any Congress since at least 1948. And that is even before I was born. So far, we are in the 123rd day of this year, and yet we have only had 26 voting days in this body. That is a shame."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: Body, Congress, Day, Shame, Voting)

"If there is a nuclear tactic being used here, I submit it is the use of that obstruction where a willful minority blocks a bipartisan majority from voting on the President's judicial nominees."
- John Cornyn
(Related: Being, Majority, Minority, President, Voting)

"Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done."
- Elijah Cummings
(Related: Time, Act, Americans, Rights, Guidance, Majority, Minority, Needs, Voting)

"Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don't put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It's something you're supposed to do. Now, you can't go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That's stupid."
- Chuck D.
(Related: Bragging, Now, Voting)

"Tony Blair faced a massive defection from his own party ranks during voting around the intervention in Iraq. For our present purpose, the point is not that he survived the defection, but that he had to face it."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: Purpose, Iraq, Party, Present, Voting)

"The American people are going to judge the majority party here today. If they go out here and vote for this rule that allows this provision to be stricken, they are voting against the men and women in the military of our country."
- Norm Dicks
(Related: Men, Women, People, American, Country, Majority, Military, Party, Today, Vote, Voting)

"I believe that voting is the first act of building a community as well as building a country."
- John Ensign
(Related: Act, Building, Community, Country, First, Voting)

"The act of voting by ordinary Iraqis in the face of extreme danger confirms President Bush's belief that people around the globe, when given a chance, will choose liberty and democracy over enslavement and tyranny."
- John Ensign
(Related: People, Belief, Act, Chance, Danger, Democracy, Extreme, Liberty, President, Tyranny, Voting, Will)

"Why do the people humiliate themselves by voting? I didn't vote because I have dignity. If I had closed my nose and voted for one of them, I would spit on my own face."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: People, Dignity, Vote, Voting)

"Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper."
- Larry Flynt
(Related: Rights, Majority, Sheep, Voting)

"Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Thinking, Voting)

"I'm voting for Gore because the other is unthinkable. Which most of us will probably do. I hope all of us. I've always liked Ralph Nader and would like to see a real third party, but the thought of George Bush as president is unthinkable."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Thought, Hope, Party, President, Voting, Will)

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Voting)

"It is a sign of the times that the absence of meaningful ID requirements in many states leaves our voting process vulnerable to fraud and allows legal votes to be cancelled out by illegally cast ballots."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Legal, Absence, Fraud, states, Voting)

"In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it's a sport."
- Dick Gregory
(Related: Chicago, Country, Duty, Right, Voting)

"Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Government, Dependence, Fact, Freedom, Voting)

"Voting is a civic sacrament."
- Theodore Hesburgh
(Related: Voting)

"So that they can actually make it known to the American people before they vote what they're voting for."
- Betty Hill
(Related: People, American, Vote, Voting)

"It's absolutely absurd to even consider voting on Sunday alcohol sales. I am opposed to alcohol period. It doesn't do anybody any good in the long run. It's a dangerous drug."
- John Hunter
(Related: Alcohol, Sales, Voting)

"I try hard to convince them it's important - but there's a history of discomfort with minorities voting in some parts of this country, so most especially the older people have to get accustomed to it."
- Eddie Bernice Johnson
(Related: History, People, Country, Voting)

"We have seen voters denied their rights in recent elections as they have been incorrectly purged from lists, their absentee votes not counted, and voting machine integrity and security not assured."
- Marcy Kaptur
(Related: Elections, Rights, Integrity, Machine, Security, Voting)

"Quite a few people have to believe something is normal before it becomes normal - a sort of 'voting' situation. But once the threshold is reached, then everyone demands to do whatever it is."
- Alan Kay
(Related: People)

"I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Hope, American, Religious, Vote, Voting, Waste, Will)

"It is important that the Iraqi people have confidence in the election results and that the voting process, including the process for vote counting, is free and fair."
- Zalmay Khalilzad
(Related: People, Confidence, Results, Vote, Voting)

"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
(Related: Women, American, Children, End, Voting)

"I am with you heart and soul in the great cause to which you are devoting all your energy and your life."
- Frank Leslie
(Related: Life, Soul, Heart, Cause, Energy)

"If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it."
- Ken Livingstone
(Related: Voting)

"I can make them voting machines sing Home Sweet Home."
- Earl Long
(Related: Home, Machines, Voting)

"My purpose... to go on with my heart and soul, devoting all my energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them, we will make our lives and the lives of the future girls happy, healthy and holy."
- Juliette G. Low
(Related: Soul, Heart, Purpose, Future, Girls, Will)

"The increase in straight-ticket party voting in recent years means that competitive congressional races can tip one way or the other depending on the showing of the candidates at the top of the ticket."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Party, Voting, Years)

"I think we need to start with Philadelphia and make sure that we actually get some election reform in Philadelphia. Actually, a recent election was thrown out by a federal judge because of corruption with the voting process in Philadelphia."
- Patrick McHenry
(Related: Corruption, Reform, Voting)

"Last month, the Iraqi people went to the polls, voting in their first free election in more than 50 years."
- John M. McHugh
(Related: People, First, Voting, Years)

"American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Age, American, Importance, Voting, Youth)

"Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: Government, Act, Congress, Rights, Voting, Will)

"According to the U.S. Census, the most common reason people give for not voting is that they were too busy or had conflicting work or school schedules."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Work, People, Reason, School, Voting)

"Don't forget to vote for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Stay home if you're voting for Dole."
- Eleanor Mondale
(Related: Home, Forget, Vote, Voting)

"We must continue to have voting rights in the state, not to politicize this, but they must have a voice in the rebuilding effort in the community from which they have been displaced."
- Marc Morial
(Related: Community, Effort, Rights, State, Voice, Voting)

"No matter what name we give it or how we judge it, a candidate's character is central to political reporting because it is central to a citizen's decision in voting."
- Roger Mudd
(Related: Character, Decision, Name, Voting)

"It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program. What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline, organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self critical."
- Alan Perlis
(Related: Education, Discipline, Thoughts, Attention, Detail, Fun, Learning, Self, Students)

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Act, Country, Democracy, Rights, Integrity, Voting)

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: People, American, Right, Vote, Voting, Will)

"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Education, People, Republicans, Vote, Voting)

"Well, I was a very strong opponent of the war, in fact, one of those who went door to door to my colleagues and thus achieved 60 percent of the Democrats voting no against this war."
- Jan Schakowsky
(Related: War, Democrats, Fact, Voting)

"I think it's very clear that the American people are frustrated with this move toward socialism. And so whether you're back or white, if you believe that the conservative construct is in the best interest of our future, than you too would be voting with Republicans, and if you had the opportunity to run you'd join us as well."
- Tim Scott
(Related: People, Opportunity, American, Conservative, Future, Interest, Republicans, Socialism, Voting)

"Also in the new constitution, we want to lower the voting age from 20 years to 18 years and also gradually implement a voluntary military service in replacement of the current compulsory military service."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Age, Constitution, Military, Service, Voting, Want, Years)

"It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting."
- Alfred Emanuel Smith
(Related: Democracy, Voting)

"Oh no, the dead have risen and they're voting Republican."
- Yeardley Smith
(Related: Republican, Voting)

"Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues."
- Tony Snow
(Related: Time, People, Right, Voting)

"When public access to voting is impaired or when public confidence in voting is diluted, democracy suffers and our freedom is less secure."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Confidence, Democracy, Freedom, Public, Voting)

"When Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002, I was thrilled to learn that the federal government would offer resources to all states to assist them in enhancing the voting process in America."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Government, Act, America, Congress, Help, states, Vote, Voting)

"We have no basis for having a recall of any particular type of voting equipment because there are no standards. And when we do have standards, even these standards are required to be voluntary."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Voting)

"Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Life, Act, Voting)

"I was the Secretary of State of New Jersey in November 2000. I paid careful attention to the challenges that stemmed from inadequate voting systems in various places."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Attention, State, Voting)

"Beyond that, states had to also have electronic voting machines that made it possible for people who are physically handicapped to vote in private... and the computerized voting machine made it very easy for, particularly, the blind."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: People, Blind, Machine, Machines, states, Vote, Voting)

"Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns."
- Arlen Specter
(Related: Democracy, Voting)

"People who vote against this today are voting against me and I will not forget."
- Ted Stevens
(Related: People, Forget, Today, Vote, Voting, Will)

"President Bush remained undeterred by the massive display of American opposition, even though much of it came from the hundreds of thousands of voters who supported him by voting for Nader."
- Jon Stewart
(Related: American, Opposition, President, Voting)

"It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting."
- Tom Stoppard
(Related: Democracy, Voting)

"We are not voting for health care if we do not resolve this language on public funding for abortion - no public funding for abortion."
- Bart Stupak
(Related: Health, Abortion, Care, Language, Public, Voting)

"Look at the declining television coverage. Look at the declining voting rate. Economics and economic news is what moves the country now, not politics."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Politics, Country, Economics, News, Now, Television, Voting)

"If U.S. national sovereignty continues, it is only as a state that Puerto Rico will have permanent 10th Amendment powers over its non-federal affairs, as well as voting power in Congress."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Power, Congress, State, Voting, Will)

"Internal self-government under a local constitution was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952, but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents do not have voting representation in the Congress."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Congress, Constitution, Law, Self, Voting)

"As long as Florida remains a swing state, Cuban exiles in Florida will remain a very powerful voting bloc."
- Joshua A. Tucker
(Related: State, Voting, Will)

"Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer."
- Nat Turner
(Related: Time, Society, Mystery, Prayer)

"Spaniards have always shown great maturity and great common sense when it comes to voting."
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
(Related: Common sense, Maturity, Voting)