The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 5, 2012

Our View: Why wouldn't you vote?

The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — There is great concern that Americans — some apathetic, other simply disenfranchised after a lengthy campaign — will stay home on Election Day. Sure, we can tell you why we think you should show up at the polls. But instead, we found some people far wiser than us to speak on our behalf:

“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, 36th U.S. president

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.”

— William E. Simon, 63rd U.S. secretary of treasury

“Always vote on principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

— John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. president


"Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets."

— Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president

“To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible.”

— Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th U.S. president

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

— John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president


“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. president

“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ’Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, author

“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, 32nd U.S. president

Convinced yet? Then vote on Tuesday.