Best Voting Quotes to Inspire You This Election Day

American flagsElection Day 2010 is finally upon us. After all the hype, news, smear campaigns, annoying late-night phone calls, and philosophical battles with your friends, the day has come when you can put all your talk into action.

But if you need a little more motivation to go out to the polls, we've got a roundup of 20 hilarious, poignant, intelligent quotes about voting, elections, and democracy in general -- and even a little Napoleon Dynamite. Isn't freedom of speech such a wonderful, American thing?


"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

"Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win.” -- Dan Quayle

"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

"We got the vote, which we should've been born with, in 1920. Everything we've had to struggle for -- it's ridiculous." -- Helen Thomas

"The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking, and is voting for the other guy." -- William Proxmire

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -- Abraham Lincoln

"If American women would increase their voting turnout by 10 percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children." -- Coretta Scott King

"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason." -- Author unknown

"Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country." -- Ambrose Bierce

"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

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” -- George Jean Nathan

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." -- Emma Goldman

"If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates." -- Jay Leno

"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 Flint

"Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men." -- George Bernard Shaw

"These days many politicians are demanding change. Just like homeless people." -- George Carlin

"Women have had the vote for over forty years and their organizations lobby in Washington for all sorts of causes; why, why, why don't they take up their own causes and obvious needs?" -- Dorothy Thompson

"Suffrage is the pivotal right." -- Susan B. Anthony

"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

"Do you think people will vote for me?" -- Pedro
"Heck yes! I'd vote for you." -- Napoleon
"Like what are my skills?"
"Well, you have a sweet bike. And you're really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus, you're like the only guy in school who has a mustache."


Do you have any favorite voting/political quotes?


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