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Elections

  • An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.

  • Voting isn't the most we can do. But it is the least.

  • The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer.

  • In America, where the electoral process is drowning in commercial techniques of fund-raising and image-making, we may have completed a circle back to a selection process as unconcerned with qualifications as that which made Darius King of Persia. ... he whose horse was the first to neigh at sunrise should be King.

  • Men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them particularly unfit for the task of government ... Man's place is the armory.

  • The ballot box is a most inadequate mechanism of change.

    • Simone de Beauvoir,
    • 1973, in Anne Whitmarsh, Simone Beauvoir and the Limits of Commitment ()
  • ... I vote because it's what small-d democracy is about. Because there are places where people fight for generations and stand for hours to cast a ballot knowing what we ought to remember: that it makes a difference. Not always a big difference. Not always an immediate difference. But a difference.

  • I vote because even the lesser of two evils is the lesser of two evils.

  • I am a political recidivist. An incorrigible, repeat voter. A career lever-pusher. My electoral rap sheet is as long as your arm. Over the course of three decades, I have voted for presidents and school board members. I have voted in high hopes and high dudgeon. I have voted in favor of candidates and merely against their opponents. I have voted for propositions written with such complexity that I needed Noam Chomsky to deconstruct their meaning. I have been a single-issue voter and a marginal voter. I have even voted for people who ran unopposed. Hold an election and I'll be there.

  • It's called Halloween when you put on a false face, knock on doors and trick people, but once every five years it's called General Election Day.

  • There was a time in my life when election year was nothing to me, but in 1912, I joined that great army of Americans who drop a stitch in their routine every four years, and give themselves up to backing first a candidate for the nomination and afterwards a nominee.

  • ... politics can be an ugly game, and in a national election the stakes get higher while the tactics get lower.

  • So few people voted in the elections [of 1996] that the ones who did were called activists.

  • A Negro who does not vote is ungrateful to those who have already died in the fight for freedom. ... Any person who does not vote is failing to serve the cause of freedom — his own freedom, his people's freedom, and his country's freedom.

  • People tend to vote the present tense — not the subjunctive.

  • Without the Electoral College ... every vote would be worth exactly the same. That would be a step toward democracy.