14 Election Day Facebook Statuses That Express The Importance Of Democracy

November 8 — Election Day! — is fast approaching. If you’ve already chosen you’re candidate and are just waiting around, twiddling your thumbs, until you can finally cast your vote, why not start selecting some inspiring Election Day Facebook statuses to post after going to the ballot box? You can encourage your FB friends to vote and remind everyone why our representative democracy, imperfect though it may be, is awesome.

Putting up a special Facebook status after voting on Election Day is like the Digital Age-version of wearing an “I voted!” sticker on your clothing all day. It may be a little smug, but deservedly so: Voting is important, and you should feel proud of yourself for doing it. And you should take a moment to remember that what this country does every four years is pretty extraordinary: Millions of people make their voices heard to choose a leader, and our current leader peacefully hands over the keys to the White House. Former rivals of the new leader accept the will of the people and step down. It might seem like old hat to you now, but this whole “peaceful transfer of power” thing is a luxury that many people around the world don’t get to enjoy.

Read on for 14 quotes about voting and democracy you can use to decorate your FB page on Election Day:

1. “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves—and the only way they could do that is by not voting at all.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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2. “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

3. “The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.” — Mahatma Gandhi

4. “There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter.” — Barack Obama

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5. “[T]he 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.” — President Lyndon B. Johnson

6. “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” ― Larry J. Sabato

7. “Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.” — Benazir Bhutto

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8. “Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” — Hillary Clinton

9. “Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government.” — Carrie Chapman Catt

10. “Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.” — Abbie Hoffman

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11. “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

12. “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.” — Sharon Salzberg

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13. “The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.” — Molly Ivins

14. “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” — George Jean Nathan

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