71+ Best Election Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Profoundly inspirational election quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Election Quotes

Elections are not a beauty contest. It is all about tolerance. – Vladimir Franz

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. – H. L. Mencken

Voting is a civic sacrament. – Theodore Hesburgh

I believe that voting is the first act of building a community, as well as building a country. – John Ensign

The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood – rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky – they all turn out in one day. – David Byrne

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

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. – Henry Cate, VII

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. – Adlai Stevenson

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. – Unknown

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough US congressmen. – Unknown

We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice. – Woody Allen

If you put your politicians up for sale, as the US does … then someone will buy them – and it won’t be you; you can’t afford them. – Juan Cole

Don’t buy a single vote more than necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide. – Joseph P. Kennedy

By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he’s been bought ten times over. – Gore Vidal

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. – J. O’Rourke

In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy. – Matt Taibbi

In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem. – George Carlin

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. – Winston Churchill

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. – Isaac Asimov

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. – 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

If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side. – Orson Scott Card

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. – James Freeman Clarke

Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote. – David Foster Wallace

Voting is as much an emotional act as it is an intellectual one. – Monica Crowley

I’ve dropped my pebble in the ocean, and hopefully; throughout the course of the day; millions of others will drop theirs in too. No single one of us knows which pebble causes the wave to crest, but each of us, quite rightly, believes that it might be ours; an act of faith. – Michael J. Fox

That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything. – Lou Henry Hoover

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. – Winston Churchill

Don’t boo. Vote. – Barack Obama

Voting isn’t the most we can do, but it is the least. To have a democracy, you have to want one. – Gloria Steinem

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you. – Pericles

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters. – Abraham Lincoln

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

By voting, we add our voice to the chorus that forms opinions and the basis for actions. – Jens Stoltenberg

People aren’t necessarily as concerned with how you vote as long as they feel they have a voice. If you can cross that basic threshold – that is, when a voter knows you’re willing to listen to them and that you care about their lives – then that’s most of what you need to get their vote. It’s not your voting record. – John Yarmuth

It’s up to all of us, the consumers, to take charge of our health. It’s almost like voting. It’s your responsibility. – Anne Wojcicki

Having personally watched the Voting Rights Act being signed into law that August day, I can’t begin to imagine how we could have all been so wrong in believing that more Americans would vote once they were all truly free to do so. – Andrew Young

Voting is like alchemy – taking an abstract value and breathing life into it. – Sharon Salzberg

Voting is how we participate in a civic society – be it for president, be it for a municipal election. It’s the way we teach our children – in school elections – how to be citizens, and the importance of their voice. – Loretta Lynch

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. – Sharon Salzberg

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

Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves. – Herbert Marcuse

Winning or losing of the election is less important than strengthening the country. – Indira Gandhi

The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. – Joseph Stalin

If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it. – Mark Twain

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it. – George Bernard Shaw

Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation. – Simon Sinek

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. – Otto von Bismarck

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

This election could come down to just a handful of votes. It could come down to just one vote. – Vicky Hartzler

The election is not very far off when a candidate can recognize you across the street. – Kin Hubbard

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

In an election, one needs both hope and audacity. – Francois Hollande

We elected a man who knows how to build walls when we needed someone who knows how to build bridges. – DaShanne Stokes

Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used. – Paul Collier

In elections, the undecided vote is usually the deciding factor. – Evan Esar

In elections, you can’t tell the outcome until you open the ballot boxes. – Katsuya Okada

To finalize, the purpose of an election is to hear the will of the people, not to fabricate votes. – Lincoln Diaz-Balart

During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa. – Henry Adams

Elections are about the future. – Nancy Pelosi

We deserve elections we can trust. – Jill Stein

An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principals and aims as two peas in the same pod. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

An election is an opportunity for a new consensus. – Martin O’Malley

The right of election is the very essence of the constitution. – Junius

If elections really changed anything, they would be outlawed. – Emma Goldman

People are what this election is all about. – Patty Berg

Every election is determined by the people who show up. – Larry J. Sabato

You cannot win an election without a fight. – Tony Abbott

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