On Sept. 27 volunteers will be taking to the streets of America to raise voter registration awareness, and it feels as if it couldn't come at a more appropriate time considering the upcoming presidential election will be here on Nov. 8. Voting is important, and these 12 National Voter Registration Day quotes explain exactly why that is. While these quotes will certainly get to the heart of the matter on their own, there's one simple way to sum it all up: a vote isn't just an opinion, it's an action.
Americans are fortunate to live in a democracy, and in order to protect that democracy we must advocate for it. No matter what side of the political spectrum you find yourself on, having a voice and making that voice known is vital to the survival of this country's governmental system. No vote should ever be wasted, which means that no United States citizen should ever be left unregistered.
This Sept. 27, spread the word. If you're not yet registered to vote, then get to it. If you are registered to vote, then make sure all of your friends and family members are too. It's our civic duty to vote, and there are few things that are as important as casting a ballot in this country, so take advantage of that.
1. "Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world." — Sharon Salzberg
2. "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
3. "Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting." — Robert Frost
4. "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 as much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President." — Barbara Boxer
5. "I believe that voting is the first act of building a community as well as building a country." — John Ensign
6. "Young people need to vote. They need to get out there. Every vote counts. Educate yourself too. Don't just vote. Know what you're voting for, and stand by that." — Nikki Reed
7. "I am sure that every one of my colleagues — Democrat, Republican, and Independent — agrees with that statement. That in the voting booth, everyone is equal." — Barbara Boxer
8. "Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues." — Tony Snow
9. "Voting is a Constitutional right. Absent any evidence of fraud, all Americans have a protected right to vote, be they rich or poor, black, Hispanic or white, people who live in a big city or in remote rural areas." — Juan Williams
10. "Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper." — Larry Flynt
11. "The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a country hold so dear." — Charles B. Rangel
12. "Voting is a civic sacrament." — Theodore Hesburgh