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OK, time for the final votes: all those in favour of the resolution Hilary Swank is hot? OK, and all those opposed? The Office US s5e13: Prince Family Paper, Andy, NBC 2008
The next time they give you all that civic bullshit about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election. George Carlin
On Election Day I stay home. Two reasons: first of all, voting is meaningless; this country was bought and paid for a long time ago. That empty shit they shuffle around and repackage every four years doesn’t mean a thing. Second, I don’t vote, because I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. I know some people like to twist that around and say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.’ But where’s the logic in that? Think it through: If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and you screw things up, then you're responsible for what they’ve done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote – who, in fact, did not even leave the house on Election Day – am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created. Which I had nothing to do with. Why can’t people see that? George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty 2001
I confirm it is my intention to let my name to go forward for a second ballot. Margaret Thatcher
Vote for me because I am more decisive. New Statesman s1e1: Happiness is a Warm Gun, SDP on hustings, ITV 1987
And women still weren’t allowed to vote. On the morning of 13th October 1905 Christabel Pankhurst was still respectable. She was a well-dressed middle-class law student. But she was on her way to break just about every taboo she could think of. She was walking along here with her new friend Annie Kenney – a working-class mill girl known as the Blue-Eyed Beggar. But what they were planning was truly shocking. Because they were on their way to a huge political meeting in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. And they were determined at all costs to be arrested. The meeting was a Liberal rally attended by the MPs Sir Edward Gray and Winston Churchill. Christabel and Annie jumped up onto their seats and shouted, ‘Will the Liberals give women the vote?’ They refused to answer. So the women unfurled a banner emblazoned with the words, Votes for Women! Andrew Marr’s Making of Modern Britain, BBC 2009
This is the most dramatic and important democratic decision ever taken by the British people. But it leaves our country deeply divided. Andrew Marr, The Andrew Marr Show 26 June 2016
This has been the rebellion of the diminished against the cocky, the ignored against the shapers of modern times, and the struggling against the strutting. ibid.
I don’t understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balwks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting. Jackie Kennedy
Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. H L Mencken
Our votes must go together with our guns. After all, any vote we shall have, shall have been the product of the gun. The gun which produces the vote should remain its security officer – its guarantor. The people’s votes and the people’s guns are always inseparable twins. Robert Mugabe
They vote the way I tell Chalkie to tell them. Boardwalk Empire: Anastasia s1e4, Nucky, HBO 2011
Five months before the 2000 election Governor Jeb Bush moved to purge 57,000 people from the voting rolls, supposedly ex-felons. Orwell Rolls in His Grave 2003
CBS News killed the story on the basis of a denial by Governor Jeb Bush who was the target of the allegations. ibid.
Welcome to computer voting: Diebold electronic voting machines. No paper trail. Uncheckable. ibid.
There’s some kind of list of voters that were being purged so that voters were being removed from the registries by the secretary of state, Katherine Harris, and by Jeb Bush’s office. Greg Palast, author The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Florida: The sunshine state. Something smells rotten here beneath the orange juice. The Bush family takes back the White House when Florida goes for George W over Al Gore by a margin thin as the Ace of Spades: just 537 votes. How convenient that the team in charge of this questionable little count is hand-picked by a governor named Jed Bush. Greg Palast, Bush Family Fortunes
The pollsters called Florida as Al Gore’s state but for some reason George W thinks otherwise. What does he know? ibid.
Thousands of black voters were turned away from the voting booth [in Florida] because they were labelled as convicted criminals. ibid.
The machine ballot count was a shambles. ibid.
The theft of the American Presidency. ibid.
The election was signed, sealed and delivered months before anyone entered a polling booth. ibid.
The People vs Donald J Trump: Donald J Trump did not win this election; he didn’t win the popular vote and he didn’t win the votes in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin … Those states were stolen. Greg Palast, Home to the Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Youtube 2016
Vote thievery doesn’t come cheap … These are the creepiest billionaires on the planet. ibid.
Donald J Trump said this election’s rigged – and he’s right. ibid.
‘Over a million people voted twice in this election.’ ibid. Dick Morris
‘You have people in my opinion that are voting many many times.’ ibid. Trump
2000 Bush vs Gore: Florida – a different hidden data base of voters secretly tagged for elimination. ibid.
2000: The Great Felony Voter Purge. ibid.
Thousands of mismatched birthdates … Thousands never convicted at all … The number of real felons on Bush’s vote list – zero. ibid.
Koch – Heritage Foundation – Voter Crosscheck. ibid.
[Paul] Singer the Vulture is the No 1 donor to the Republican Party. ibid.
They [black voters] waited for hours. ibid.
Over 1,000,000 absentee ballots are rejected. ibid.
Over 3,000,000 of you will not have your votes counted. ibid.
Horror: The Koch Brothers Bring You the Ultimate in Fear! ibid.
It’s now lynching by laptop. ibid.
Ohio: 43,000 black voters have just vanished. ibid.
June 2013: The US Supreme Court ripped out a key section of the Voting Rights Act … It was Koch money behind the hit. ibid.
Is vote suppression just another profit centre? ibid.
Legal scholars say this is probably the first time in the 210-year history of the United States supreme court that the court limited its ruling to the case in front of it. Vincent Bugliosi, author The Betrayal of America
Well how can some counties be counted and others not counted without discrimination? Victoria Wilson
Mickey Mouse postal votes – remember them? Disgusting. David Halpin, Alternative View II conference 31st May 2009, ‘The Vortex Sucks Ever Louder’