Failure to do so forfeits our right to criticize those who have been elected by those who did their duty as citizens.
Here are some serious and not-so-serious quotes I have chosen to remind us of what elections ought to be (or not!):
- A public office is a public trust and whoever serves in government, from the highest to the lowest, is a servant of the people.
- My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins. - Manuel L. Quezon
- It is the duty if every citizen to interested in how well or how badly his government operates. - Gil J. Puyat
- The toughest part of politics is to satisfy the voter without giving him what he wants. - William Shakespeare
- 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
- A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. -Theodore Roosevelt
- In times of stress and strain, people will vote. -Anonymous
- Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. -George Bernard Shaw
- Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing. -Bernard Baruch
- Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay. -Bill Stern
- Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide. - Joseph P. Kennedy