These Election Day quotes will remind you why it’s important to cast your ballot and make your voice heard.
In the United States, Election Day is the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials.
Since 1845, the Federal Government has set Election Day as “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November”. In 2022, Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 8.
Why Is Election Day a Tuesday in November?
Before 1845, election days varied by state. However, this system was flawed because knowing the early voting results could affect turnout and sway opinion in states that held late elections.
So, to streamline the voting process and to avoid influencing voters with early election results, Congress set a single election day for the entire country.
But why a Tuesday in November?
In 19th-century America, most citizens were devout Christians who worked as farmers and lived far from their polling stations. Lawmakers needed to allow a two-day window for Election Day because people often traveled at least a day to vote.
For farmers, early November was convenient because the harvest was over but the weather was still relatively mild.
Since Sunday was set aside as a day of rest and worship, Election Day couldn’t be held on a weekend. And Wednesday was market day for farmers.
This meant that voters couldn’t also use Sunday or Wednesday as their travel day, ruling out Monday or Thursday as Election Day. As a result, Tuesday was considered the best option.
Why Is Election Day Important?
Election day presents Americans with the opportunity to exercise one of their most important civic duties and vote.
Here are a few reasons why voting is important.
- Elections have consequences. Every vote matters.
- It’s your right. Not voting is giving up your voice.
- It’s your chance to choose how your tax dollars are spent.
- Voting is an opportunity for change.
- Your vote determines the future direction of the U.S. and the world
To inspire you to go to the polls, here’s our collection of election day quotes and sayings, collected from various sources over the years.
Election day quotes to inspire and enlighten you
1. “Every election is determined by the people who show up.”― Larry J. Sabato
2. “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”― Theodore Roosevelt
3. “That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything.”― Lou Henry Hoover
4. “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”― Abraham Lincoln
5. “Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls.” – Peggy Noonan
6. “Despite what the pundits want us to think, contested primaries aren’t civil war, they are democracy at work, and that’s beautiful.”― Sarah Palin
7. “Elections are the bedrock of democracy; however, it is a costly endeavour.”― Santosh Kalwar
8. “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
9. “Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.”― Paul Collier
10. “We don’t vote for people because they are the exact embodiment of our values, but because they are likely to be the most responsive to them.”― Charles M. Blow
Election day quotes about voting
11. “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”― Barack Obama
12. “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.” – George Jean Nathan
13. “Our votes are our power, they are not for sale.”― Onyinye Ough
14. “A man without a vote is a man without protection.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
15. “Talk is cheap, voting is free; take it to the polls…”― Nanette L. Avery
16. “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.” – Sharon Salzberg
17. “Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.”― Rick Mercer
18. “By voting, we add our voice to the chorus that forms opinions and the basis for actions.” – Jens Stoltenberg
19. “We can all agree on the importance of voting.” – Jenna Bush
20. “Voting is the only way to ensure that your concerns matter. Period.” – Michelle Obama
Election day quotes about democracy
21. “A democratic mind is not attached to any single idea and open to all ideas.”― Amit Kalantri
22. “Democracy is about voting and it’s about a majority vote. And it’s time that we started exercising the Democratic process.” – Debbie Stabenow
23. “Democracy is based upon the conviction there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
24. “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”— John Lewis
25. “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy
26. “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” – Sydney J. Harris
27. “Because of democracy humanity still have faith in human beings.”― Amit Kalantri
28. “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
29. “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
30. “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson
Election day quotes to help you vote wisely
31. “Participating in elections means demanding for services that we deserve from the people we can trust.”― Njau Kihia
32. “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”— Susan B. Anthony
33. “Elections are called! May the better voters win!”― Ljupka Cvetanova
34. “Casting a ballot isn’t just something you do for yourself — it’s for our collective future.”— Oprah Winfrey
35. “We can’t have officials with conscience if we can’t be voters with conscience.”― Jorge P. Guerrero
36. “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that you vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams
37. “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato
38. “I believe that voting is the first act of building a community, as well as building a country.”— John Ensign
39. “Don’t boo—vote.” – Barack Obama
40. “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore
More inspirational quotes for election day
41. “Awake, Arise and Vote.”― Abhijit Naskar
42. “We have the power to make a difference. But we need to VOTE.”— Kylie Jenner
43. “I love voting day. I love the sight of my fellow citizens lining up to make their voices heard.” – Beth Broderick
44. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
45. “Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance.”― Suzy Kassem
46. “Voter apathy was, and will remain the greatest threat to democracy.”– Hazen Pingree
47. “If we don’t vote, we are ignoring history and giving away the future.” – Pat Michell
48. “The first duty of a man is to think for himself.” – Jose Marti
49. “It’s not enough to just want change … You have to go and make change by voting.”
— Taylor Swift
50. “Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world.” – Roald Dahl
What did you learn from these election day quotes?
Election day is a time to make sure your voice is heard. It’s an opportunity to be the change you want to see. Hopefully, these election day quotes have got you excited to vote.
What’s your biggest takeaway from the above quotes? Do you have any other election day quotes and sayings to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
November 9, 2022 7:40 AM EST