Top 235 Elections Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Elections Quotes from famous people such as Joe Donnelly, Adam Cohen, John Podhoretz, John Bright, Maz Jobrani, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I supported my friend Congressman Shuler over former Sp

I supported my friend Congressman Shuler over former Speaker Nancy Pelosi during our party’s leadership elections in November citing a need for new leadership.
Joe Donnelly
A federal Voters’ Bill of Rights could press the states to put non-partisan managers in charge of elections.
Adam Cohen
Obama lost his ability to push his agenda through Congress when he received what he himself called a ‘shellacking’ in the November 2010 elections. That shellacking was primarily the result of massive policy overreach when he had a Democratic Congress in his pocket.
John Podhoretz
Demand the ballot as the undeniable right of every man who is called to the poll, and take special care that the old constitutional rule and principle, by which majorities alone shall decide in Parliamentary elections, shall not be violated.
John Bright
Unlike the U.S., Iran has no problems with low-voter turnout in elections; the last time, the government got the support of 110 per cent of the population.
Maz Jobrani
Had there not been these safety valves of political parties and elections, we may very well have had no way to change except forceful overthrow of government.
Terry Sanford
Obviously, local elections are where you can make the most difference, but it’s great when everyone starts talking about what they believe in.
Olivia Wilde
The Conservatives are so busy focusing on yesterday, they’re not focused on tomorrow… on how elections are won in the 21st century.
Douglas Alexander
I want to work with Peter Robinson as first minister in a positive, constructive way and leave the elections to the electorate.
Martin McGuinness
People win elections based on having the right ideas, the right plans, like my seven step plan for 700,000 jobs. That’s what wins elections.
Rick Scott
The candidates before you know that the IFP has set up a system of deployed IFP national and provincial leaders who are not only monitoring the performance of candidates during these elections but will also do so after these elections.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Elections have to have at least a little meaning. Obama ran on income tax hikes for the wealthy. People knew they were voting for that. They ‘want’ that. And it’s good policy.
Gail Collins
I well remember a leading Egyptian liberal saying to me in 2003 that she did not favor free elections right then in Egypt; she favored them in a decade’s time if she and others had those 10 years to organize freely.
Elliott Abrams
To win elections, politicians have promised practically endless government spending and covered up the cost, leaving generations of taxpayers obligated to pay off the debt. That’s wrong, but neither the U.S. nor Europe has a plan to stop it.
David Malpass
Incumbent White House parties have won 10 of the last 18 presidential elections; the odds are tight, but they favor Obama in 2012. And so gloomy Democrats, check your despair; gleeful Republicans, watch the hubris.
Jon Meacham
I don’t think we can go into important local elections next year… with Tony Blair as leader and expect to keep many of the councillors we’ve got now.
Frank Dobson
The ‘democracy gap’ in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the ‘least worst’ every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the ‘least worst’ gets worse.
Ralph Nader
The elections are run by the same industries that sell toothpaste on television.
Noam Chomsky
If we are competing in elections, it’s because we believe in the popular vote and will be slaves to our constitution.
Jair Bolsonaro
To be honest, I haven’t seen much serious budget planning since the Republicans took control of the House after the 2010 elections and grabbed onto the Senate filibuster. It’s not the White House’s fault that John Boehner couldn’t deliver on a bigger deal.
Gail Collins
I have won elections and I have lost elections.
Hillary Clinton
In elections in Iceland, I have always been an abstainer. It seems like politics is such a small bundle of self-important people, who don’t have much to do with things I’m interested in.
That U.N. Security Council resolution requires getting Syrian troops and intelligence officials out of Lebanon so that the Lebanese can have elections here this spring that are free and fair and free of outside influence.
Stephen Hadley
It is difficult to understand these people who democratically take part in elections and a referendum, but are then incapable of democratically accepting the will of the people.
Jose Saramago
Global poverty is the product of reversible policy failures overseen by politicians, past and present. The poorest of the poor don’t vote in American or European elections. They don’t make donations to political parties or hire lobbyists in D.C., London or Canberra.
Hugh Evans
If you look at weak democracies, the oligarchies that have taken undue control of them always seek to tamper with the vote. It is important for oligarchs to have elections to give their guy a veneer of legitimacy – and important for the vote always to turn out ‘their way.’
Naomi Wolf
Voter fraud especially matters when elections are close.
Mercedes Schlapp
I think that it’s a vital moment now for Russian democracy to convince people that it’s only our actions, our joined actions and protests that could force Kremlin to reconsider its plans to abolish presidential elections.
Garry Kasparov
Every time I have fought elections, I have improved my victory margins.
Amit Shah
I want to step up our voter-registration activities. Not every branch does it, and not all the time. I want them to go back and get out the vote because I want us to have a big impact on the Congressional elections this year.
Julian Bond
Indonesia can hold regular elections, but if the laws do not apply to the most powerful elements in society, then there is no rule of law and no genuine democracy. The country will never become a true democracy until it takes serious steps to end impunity.
Joshua Oppenheimer
I learned more about elections on election night 2000 t

I learned more about elections on election night 2000 than I ever did during my 16 years of schooling.
Rob Corddry
The Washington establishment think Republicans win elections by you don’t stand for anything, you keep your head down, you don’t rock the boat. You know what? Every time we do that, we get clobbered in the polls.
Ted Cruz
Elections matter, but how much they matter depends entirely on how free, open and fair they are.
Elliott Abrams
In the span of three years, the Iraqi people participated in three elections, drafted a constitution, and elected a new government. While more work remains, this is remarkable progress.
Tim Murphy
In America, unlike England, unlike Israel, unlike Japan, other democracies, we have elections that have staggered terms.
Barney Frank
I’m not overly alarmist about it, but I do think there are some worrying signs, like the growing accumulation of wealth by a very small proportion of the population, plus elections in the US are much more dominated by money than anywhere else calling itself a democracy.
Peter Singer
Political life is like this – elections go back and forth. Representative democracy can only be successful if one sits down and says, ‘That’s it. I will connect myself,’ – as I did – ‘connect my existence to a political project.’ Then you automatically have in your party a lot of people who say, ‘If that fails, so do I’.
Helmut Kohl
Until fighting ends and there are conditions, which allow the free expression of will by the people, there can be no elections and elections are not held in these circumstances anywhere in the world.
Aslan Maskhadov
The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can’t get out the vote in the midterm elections.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I was looking online; many singers have sung songs for the elections, but I am not doing anything like that.
Yo Yo Honey Singh
We ought to have more people who believe in constitutionally limited government. We have to have more people come to Congress with that mindset. I think we can make this a better place, if, when elections happen, we support candidates who share that philosophy.
Mike Lee
Our pledge is to hold elections in the year 1985. The form of elections has not yet been determined, but there is a group of representatives of the political parties in Nicaragua who have been traveling around the world studying various electoral alternatives.
Tomas Borge
The BJP broke its alliance with us as they were hungry for power. They wanted to rule the state like they are ruling the country, after getting a majority in Lok Sabha elections. They thought they can divide Maharashtra if they are in power with a majority here. But the Sena will never let that happen.
Uddhav Thackeray
When a few people control the bulk of money, they can not only influence elections by money power – which enables various forms of advertising and propaganda campaigns – they can also corrupt and misuse all institutions of the state to influence elections.
Prashant Bhushan
Votes in federal elections are cast and counted in a highly decentralized and variable fashion, with no uniform ballots and few national standards.
Thomas E. Mann
The elections in Iraq are a victory for freedom and the Iraqi people, and a blow to the transnational network of terrorists who have tried to prevent this day from happening.
Jim Talent
More money is being spent on our elections, with less disclosure of where that money is coming from, than ever before.
Eric Schneiderman
It requires an effort of logical acrobatics to believe that carnage of innocents is an instrument for freedom and elections are a symbol of deception and repression!
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
You don’t support politicians in their elections if whoever’s seeking money only has a goal to stay in office or get in office. You have to pick the people who are going to do the best job.
Eli Broad
I’ve been in a lot of elections.
Arlen Specter
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salifist parties are a real force in the Egyptian society. No civil, liberal government can succeed, even after new elections, if the Islamists are forced to work underground as a foe and the country remains divided.
Ahmed Zewail
Nigeria shed the last of a succession of brutal military dictatorships in 1997 and adopted a democratic form of government only in 1999. Our elections of 2003, 2007, and 2011 were complicated and fraught with tension, but each one has shown remarkable progress.
Uzodinma Iweala
The real reason Democrats are pushing for universal mail-in balloting has nothing to do with the global pandemic which originated in China; they simply believe it will help them win elections.
Charlie Kirk
I think the elections have gone well, although there is so much insecurity in Iraq. So far during the counting of ballots, there has not been a significant complaint. We have to wait to see what the outcome of the counting is.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
During Lok Sabha elections, Amit Shah and Fadnavis came to me. During talks, I was given offer of deputy CM post. I said I am not so helpless. I have given a promise to Balasaheb that a Maharashtra CM will be from Shiv Sena. So I did not agree and stayed firm.
Uddhav Thackeray
Historically, Democrats have shown they are willing to do just about anything to win elections. Republicans must quit taking the high road and fight back with everything we have.
Charlie Kirk
When I was wrong about the 2002 elections, I dumped a garbage can on my head. When my John Kerry prediction didn’t pan out in 2004, I smashed an egg on my face.
James Carville
I know that elections must be limited only to those who understand that the Arabs are the deadly enemy of the Jewish state, who would bring on us a slow Auschwitz – not with gas, but with knives and hatchets.
Meir Kahane
Elections aren’t just about who votes but who doesn’t vote.
Michelle Obama
I think about my parents all the time, especially on Sunday when I’m at Mass. My mother always said, ‘We do not pray to win elections. We pray for people’s health, we pray that God’s will be done, we pray that we do our best. But we do not pray to win elections.’
Nancy Pelosi
With super PACs, we’ve seen voter turnout go up; interest in elections rise; and the number of competitive races increase. The campaigns of 2010 and 2012 have been more issue-oriented than their predecessors, not less.
Bradley A. Smith
Well my briefing was that Honduras was a small and vuln

Well my briefing was that Honduras was a small and vulnerable country just back on the path towards democracy it was about to have just before I arrived, the first elections for a civilian president in more than 9 years.
John Negroponte
If the elections are a mere fraud, why are terrorists being trained and infiltrated into India at the command of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of Pakistan to kill election candidates and to intimidate voters?
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
When religious leaders get involved in elections, it is usually with a reactionary social agenda.
Elizabeth Joan Smith
Prior to the 2014 General Election, the country was passing through a phase of uncertainty. After the elections, my government assumed charge and vowed to build a New India. A New India with no place for imperfect, corrupt and inertia ridden systems.
Ram Nath Kovind
Women are not unwinnable for Republicans. Ronald Reagan won a majority of them in both of his elections, and by 10 points in 1984. The largest spread in recent history was in 1972, when Richard Nixon, even with that mug, won women by a whopping 24 points.
S.E. Cupp
If the 1992 and 2000 elections were any guide, third-party candidates are death on the mainstream parties with which they’re most naturally aligned.
Timothy Noah
For more than a century, states have sought to protect the integrity of the democratic process at the state and local level by regulating corporate spending in elections.
Eric Schneiderman
I find it odd that there’s such strong objection to what is a clear way to assure that our elections are reliable and we can do a recount if there are any questions.
Joan Blades
History shows one important fact: the results of competitive special elections from Hawaii to New York are poor indicators of broader trends or future general election outcomes.
Pete Sessions
I was up late last night yapping about the elections on CNN and up early this morning doing the same thing in my daughter’s kindergarten class.
Tucker Carlson
Indeed, when all parties campaign effectively the overall effect is to push up voting rates, as you see in tight marginal seats or close general elections. That must be good for democracy.
Lucy Powell
Dependence on private money to run campaigns causes pain to Republicans and Democrats alike – and business owners. It’s time we did something about it. And public financing of elections should be the first step.
Zephyr Teachout
I personally went canvassing door to door in a local race when I was in high school and thought it was kind of hilarious how worked up people got over such small stakes elections.
Alex Hirsch
Democrats cannot win elections without capturing the votes of independent-minded swing voters. And that is where writing off the Tea Party as a bunch of racist kooks becomes self-destructive. The Tea Party outrage over health-care reform, deficit spending and entitlements run amok is no fringe concern.
Juan Williams
Maryland first allowed early voting during the 2010 primary elections. In November 2012, more than 16 percent of registered voters in Maryland cast their ballots during the early voting period, and some polling places, particularly in our larger jurisdictions, witnessed early voting lines that were hours long.
Martin O’Malley
If I contest elections in a federation, I will not get even four votes. It’s all politics and money.
Milkha Singh
Much of what Tea Party candidates claimed about the world and the global economy during the 2010 elections would have earned their adherents a well-deserved F in any freshman economics (or earth science) class.
Eric Alterman
Network technology has irrevocably changed campaigning and elections. It has the potential to transform governance and the workings of our democracy for the better.
Beth Simone Noveck
Though pundits and politicians, weary of the story, are happy to omit facts about voting systems and their private contractors running our public elections, such omissions impair voters and democracy itself.
Mimi Kennedy
We may like to think politics is a battle of ideas and that the best idea wins out. But that’s not true in most elections. Most elections are about the worst ideas losing, not the best ideas winning.
Chuck Todd
The labour Party has lost the last four elections. If they lose another, they get to keep the liberal party.
Clive Anderson
You can’t be too right too soon and win elections.
George W. Romney
One of the things I care about a lot is public financing in elections.
Zephyr Teachout
I’m trying to tell you that there’s a new wave on the continent. A new wave of openness and democratization in which, since 2000, more than two-thirds of African countries have had multi-party democratic elections. Not all of them have been perfect, or will be, but the trend is very clear.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
I will not allow America’s elections to be further corrupted by radical left-wing policies shoved down our throats.
Marjorie Taylor Greene
A key reason that elections are run so badly is that in most states, political partisans are in charge.
Adam Cohen
The Democrats want a pathway to citizenship for the illegal immigrants so they can become Democratic voters in a few years – and some Democrats even argue that non-citizens ought to be able to vote in U.S. elections.
Charlie Kirk
There’s no question that Stalin broke the agreements made at Yalta completely about elections that were supposed to be held immediately in Poland, and Eastern Europe was plunged into slavery as a consequence.
Mark Shields
Call-time has renewed my faith in the need for public financing of elections. ‘Call-time’ is where I as the candidate, sit in a room with my ‘call-time manager,’ and a phone. Then I call people and ask them for money. For hours. Apparently, I’m really good at it.
Al Franken
Elections aren’t about records, they’re about plans and choices.
David Cameron
After one party loses two elections in a row, there’s sort of blood in the water.
Robert Dallek
The BJP's decisions are never based on victory and defe

The BJP’s decisions are never based on victory and defeat in elections.
Amit Shah
As far as the 2009 elections go, there has been a serious crackdown on human rights in Iran, a clampdown on the media and the wrongful imprisonment of journalists. So it seems what’s happening is the government is going after people who have a voice, people who change society or public opinion.
Nazanin Boniadi
Women are not only deciding the outcome of elections, they serve as important role models for their daughters and other young women – they hold a key to expanding the way in which women value and experience politics.
Cheryl Mills
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Gore Vidal
The Congress has made it clear that it has an alliance with the DMK, and it did face the elections with the DMK. And even after the results were known and they suffered a massive defeat, the Congress continues to say that they have an alliance with DMK, and it continues to be a part of the ruling coalition.
J. Jayalalithaa
There’s a lot that can and should be done, not just in terms of elections administration with respect to the voting rights, but the protections of voters themselves.
Alex Padilla
Elections are about the future. And the GOP will not win a campaign focused on the past.
Mark McKinnon
From partisan gerrymandering and unlimited corporate money flooding our elections to voter suppression legislation, the Republican Party, aligned with Trump, has waged a war on our democracy.
John Fetterman
Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.
Robert Kennedy
When elections are not democratic, even the most populist discussions become superficial, disconnected from real power; they are theatre.
Zephyr Teachout
As recent as the year 2000 we won elections by saying we shouldn’t be the policemen of the world, and that we should not be nation building. And its time we got those values back into this country.
Ron Paul
As a general rule of thumb, Democrats do better in national elections when the year’s defining issue is economic fairness, and Republicans do better when the defining issue is national security.
Rick Perlstein
While not widely reported, our victories in Iraq are plentiful. National elections, a democratic parliament and the drafting of a constitution are just some of the victories throughout this embattled country.
Paul Gillmor
When my party won the elections convincingly on February 18th, 2008, we immediately reached out to other parties to form broad-based coalitions of national unity in the National Assembly and in the four provincial assemblies.
Asif Ali Zardari
Lebanon is restless, Syria got its walking papers, Egypt is scheduling elections with more than one candidate, and even Saudi Arabia, whose rulers are perhaps more terrified of women than rulers anywhere else in the world, allowed limited municipal elections.
Suzanne Fields
My elections are really not about campaigns. I tell my people that these are about a movement. And a movement to do what? To restore common sense. A movement to do things like provide economic growth. And a movement not to let anybody be behind.
John Kasich
If we were to have a presidential election in Europe it would be an event that would spark a huge interest in people from Lisbon to Helsinki, just like national elections. And it would create a completely different political setting in Europe.
Wolfgang Schauble
Obviously, we shouldn’t be having any American officeholder or any American candidate looking for foreign nations to come in and be involved in U.S. elections.
Ben Sasse
One of the most frustrating things is to see a country in which you had elections, the elections were a success, but then you have to say to people nothing can be improved in the next few months, even in the next few years, in infrastructure, in water, in sanitation, in health, in education, in jobs.
Antonio Guterres
It’s not opinion polls that determine the outcome of elections, it’s votes in ballot boxes.
Nicola Sturgeon
You can’t ultimately dodge defeat by winning close elections.
Bill James
Hong Kong is different to mainland China. We protect our freedoms. We ask for free elections to elect the leader of our city.
Joshua Wong
The participation in European elections was always not very exciting. People are very interested in European issues, but they don’t see the person who is representing Europe.
Joschka Fischer
Having served as California’s top elections official, I’ve been fighting back against Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ and conspiracy theories about the integrity of our elections for years.
Alex Padilla
Midterm elections for first-term presidents are notoriously difficult.
Tim Kaine
We are at war, if you will, in the cyber domain now, constantly battling countries, such as Russia or China, who are trying to do everything from steal our technology to influence our elections to put out disinformation about the United States.
Mark Esper
The whole thing about elections in Liberia – it’s not about the way you take care of people, it’s not about the heart, it’s about education, according to the perception of some people.
George Weah
In last year’s local elections in Manchester a third of those who voted did so by post. It’s not just that people are choosing to get postal votes, but having one makes it much more likely that they’ll vote.
Lucy Powell
National politics and elections are dominated by emotions, by lack of self-confidence, by fear of the other, by insecurity, by infection of the body politic by the virus of victimhood.
Tariq Ramadan
You know, when you have a million plus names on the rolls, people who aren’t voting or are inactive, dead, people who have moved away, that’s a massive pool of potential voter fraud opportunities for those who want to be able to steal elections.
Tom Fitton
Several amendments should be made to the primary and general election laws to improve them, but such changes must in no way interfere with a full and free expression of the people’s choice in naming the candidates to be voted on at general elections.
Arthur Capper
Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
Franklin Pierce Adams
Tony Blair – good thing there are not parliamentary elections in this country.
Gwen Ifill
The average GOP presidential vote in these last five elections was 44.5 percent. In the last three, it was 48.1 percent. Give Romney an extra point for voter disillusionment with Obama, and a half-point for being better financed than his predecessors. It still strikes me as a path to narrow defeat.
Bill Kristol
When we look around the world today, when we see in Afghanistan that 10 million people have registered to vote in their upcoming elections, including 40 percent of those people are women, that’s just unbelievable.
Laura Bush
It is certainly not unrealistic to think we could have elections by mid-year 2004 and when a sovereign government is installed – my job here will be done.
Paul Bremer
What we have, what we wish we had – ambitions fulfilled, ambitions disappointed, investments won, investments lost, elections won, elections lost – these things may occupy our attention, but they do not define us.
Mitt Romney
When all is said and done and the e-book is written about politics and the Internet, it is not going to be about the presidential election. It will be about the smaller elections in aggregate that have a huge effect on people’s lives.
Joe Green
I think it’s important for people to believe their elections are on the up and up and they aren’t being tampered with by anyone, and in this particular instance there’s a large body of evidence that at a minimum Russia tried to tamper with our election.
Charlie Baker
Somehow politicians have become convinced that negative campaigning pays off in elections.
George McGovern
The elections that have taken place in these countries are a reflection of the lure of Democracy, and the resilience of our men and women in uniform who helped bring freedom to many who never knew what the word truly meant.
Jim Sensenbrenner
It’s much cheaper to influence elections than it is to go to war.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
Nelson Mandela
We don’t believe that winning elections and winning any amount of votes will win freedom in Ireland. At the end of the day, it will be the cutting edge of the IRA which will bring freedom.
Martin McGuinness
Ambati Rambabu walked with my father for 1,500 kilometres during his historic ‘padayatra’ before 2004 elections. It is because of the work done by activists like him that Congress won assembly elections twice.
Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
A lot of our so-called Latino leaders are gutless. I talk to these cry-baby Latino leaders, and they say they can’t win elections until Latinos are a majority.
Juan Vargas
Sometimes when I listen to fellow progressives, I wonder if the only lesson we took away from the ’04 elections is that politics is a word game.
Eric Liu
I think we need to change the system of elections in order to give less power to some sectors in Israeli society.
Tzipi Livni
If the constitutional process is not brought to a successful conclusion before the European elections, then the whole process might run out of steam.
Giorgio Napolitano
I think the age of the modern media campaign has created a new icon, the celebrity-in-chief. Political elections have become wars fought by candidates with opposing values.
Noah Hawley
One thing Republicans understand: In American elections, you have to choose from among only two people – not between the perfect and the good.
Rick Perlstein
It’s going to be interesting to watch presidential elections in around 2040, when voters can dig up candidates’ teenage angst pics and posts from old social media and discussion forum archives.
Mikko Hypponen
I have always thought, genuinely thought, that elections are like world cups. They sometimes look easier from the outside and they are very difficult when you are in the middle of them.
John Key
There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud during the 2016 elections or any relatively recent election.
Marc Veasey
Billionaires like the Koch brothers, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and political puppet master Karl Rove should not be able to buy our elections. Secret money should not be able to drown out the voices of the American people and sell our Democracy to the highest bidder.
Hank Johnson
Mandates are not objective realities but subjective interpretations of elections sold successfully by the winning candidate or party.
Thomas E. Mann
Elections do have consequences, and those we elect and far too often re-elect have forgotten how government works and for whom they work for, and that an ever growing, power hungry state and federal government are not the answer to the problem, but 80% of the time are the problem.
David Pratt
In most presidential elections, the taller candidate wins.
Susan Estrich
Like a lot of people, I’m interested in public service and want to do as much as I can to change the direction of this country and will give some consideration to that after midterm elections.
John Thune
You know, there is a long tradition in the U.S. of, um, promoting elections up to the point that you get an outcome you don’t like. Look at Latin America in the Cold War.
Samantha Power
I entered politics in 1967; since then, continuously, I am getting elected… Fortunately I never lost the elections.
Sharad Pawar
I’m concerned about the integrity of American elections.
Charlie Kirk
All elections are about choices, and good campaigns wil

All elections are about choices, and good campaigns will make those choices clear.
Mollie Hemingway
The Clinton strength was to play to people without a college education. High school people. That’s how you win elections.
Steve Bannon
I am contesting elections since 1952, but never did I throw mud.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
To be fair, lying is part and parcel of public life. Every politician has lied about something because they are owned by the special interest groups that finance their elections.
Peter Schuyler
Iraqis have held elections and have recently put together their government, all encouraging developments.
Jim Leach
India’s national elections are really an aggregate of thirty different state elections, each influenced by its own local considerations, regional political currents, and different patterns of political incumbency.
Shashi Tharoor
In Scotland, the indication is that for the Westminster elections at least, Labour voters are satisfied with their government.
Lucy Powell
Elections, in India, are ‘over to the people’ time. And it is probably the one time in their lives when politicians, and political parties, of all hues walk the razor edge of panic.
N. Bhaskara Rao
Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on, it adds up.
Barbara Kingsolver
The House is rooted in the principle of direct elections and is unique among all branches and bodies of the federal government as without exception, the people’s voice.
Charles W. Pickering
I don’t care if you’re Democrat. I don’t care if you’re Republican. We need to make sure that, you know, people in other countries don’t have any impact on our elections.
Ana Kasparian
The 1994 elections that brought Newt Gingrich to power in the House decisively shaped the remaining years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, pushing him further to the right and bringing out his latent tendency to govern every day as if an election were being held the next.
Noah Feldman
Idealism loses to pragmatism when it comes to winning elections.
Danny Strong
Elections have consequences.
Scott Garrett
American presidential elections usually amount to a series of overcorrections: Clinton begat Bush, who produced Obama, whose lax border policies fueled the rise of Trump.
Tucker Carlson
As California’s former chief elections officer, I was proud to strengthen election security and boost voter turnout by implementing the critical reforms contained in the For the People Act. They are proven, they are secure, and they should be available to all voters.
Alex Padilla
The view that we hold in Iraq now is this – that democracy is associated with elections. I believe that elections are possible.
Ahmed Chalabi
During elections, every party has a different strategy and issues.
H. D. Kumaraswamy
I do think that the elections of 2010 and 2012 are going to determine the trajectory of the country. Either we’re going to be aspiring and improving opportunities based on freedom and responsibility, or we’re going to go down the path that dictates and mandates a dependency on government.
George Allen
All Labour supporters and politicians know that winning elections is extremely difficult, but my first year as mayor of London has taught me that governing – driving change and delivering results – is even harder.
Sadiq Khan
I am sometimes accused of being a dictator because I provoked the extraordinary elections by nominating the interim government. Can you imagine any dictator who provokes free elections in his own country?
Milos Zeman
The Republican leadership thinks the best way to avoid losing elections is to let the Democrats win every controversial issue.
Rush Limbaugh
Zhvania was the general secretary of the organisation which I founded, the Citizens’ Union. It was the biggest organisation and came first in all elections, and Zhvania was the leader.
Eduard Shevardnadze
All through the years of the Soviet empire, its Politburo held ‘elections.’ Of course, calling something an election and actually having it be an election are different things.
Benazir Bhutto
Democrats view elections as a means to an end, while Republicans view an election as an end in itself.
Timothy Noah
Our plan is absolutely clear. It’s organization of new elections, fair and transparent.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
If you look at attitudes today and where they are headed, it’s clear to me that supporting equal rights, including the rights to civil marriage, is a net positive for winning elections, as well as the right thing to do.
Ken Mehlman
Religion, for better or for worse, has been politicized in blatant ways that have seldom been equaled in American elections.
Tony Campolo
Elections are a competition with only one winner. Giving more money to the opponent every time one speaks on behalf of a favored candidate discourages the speech that triggers the matching funds.
Bradley A. Smith
I reassure all Nigerians and the international community of our firm commitment to free, fair and credible elections. My commitment to free elections and one man, one vote remains unwavering.
Goodluck Jonathan
In 2009, Hamas was relatively new to power. It had won elections just three years earlier and was flexing its newfound strength via a war with its old enemy, Israel, which it officially wants destroyed.
Richard Engel
As long as there have been elections, there have been a

As long as there have been elections, there have been attempts to keep eligible people from voting.
Adam Cohen
One of the best predictors of policy around is Thomas Ferguson’s investment theory of politics, as he calls it – very outstanding political economist – which essentially – I mean, to say it in a sentence, he describes elections as occasions in which groups of investors coalesce and invest to control the state.
Noam Chomsky
As someone who has led his party through two general elections, I have not always been immune from feeling the pressure of electioneering tactics.
Charles Kennedy
When Captain Moussa Dadis Camara came to power, too many thought he would hold to his promise to stand down, introduce democratic elections and restore the rule of law.
Mo Ibrahim
When there is a parliamentarian crisis, the only solution in a democracy is early elections.
Petro Poroshenko
Latinos have enough voting power now to decide elections, and every smart politician knows this.We can’t afford to give our vote to those who alienate us, but neither to those who take us for granted.
Lionel Sosa
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.
Winston Churchill
The Zimbabwean people, like everyone else, have a right to live in freedom and prosperity and to select their leaders through fair and democratic elections.
Mo Ibrahim
Unlike their Western counterparts, Africans take elections very seriously – rising up early to queue patiently in line for hours under the hot sun and cast their ballots. Any misguided attempt to nullify or steal their votes will evoke a strong reaction from them.
George Ayittey
The government that came into power after the April 1994 elections was going to need a budget. It was drafted by our finance minister, Derek Keys, and he convinced them of the necessity to stay within the free-market principles that had been in force in South Africa for decades.
F. W. de Klerk
After the 1970s, when President Nixon’s illegal campaign cash was used as a secret slush fund to pay for the Watergate burglary and cover-up, Americans have demanded to know where the money fueling our elections is coming from.
Eric Schneiderman
I understand personally that it is frustrating to lose presidential elections by narrow margins.
James Baker
Saddam’s ouster will not necessarily lead to the same result, since Iraq lacks democratic traditions. Democracy doesn’t just consist of holding elections.
Brent Scowcroft
Parties that win elections should form the government, not parties that lose elections.
Nicola Sturgeon
Congress needs to toughen the laws protecting elections and make clear that anyone interfering with democracy will pay a stiff price.
Adam Cohen
I went through two pretty dark years being fed up with the system and frustrated with my own party after two disastrous elections in 2006 and 2008.
Jim DeMint
Elections are held to delude the populace into believing that they are participating in government.
Gerald F. Lieberman
For the Gandhi family, U.P. elections have always been a big picnic.
Although the most amount of attention went to what happened in the United States and in Brexit, Cambridge Analytica and its predecessor, SCL Group, worked in countries around the world, particularly in the developing world, to manipulate elections for their clients. So it was global.
Christopher Wylie
The Iraqi elections were an important first step.
Brent Scowcroft
In Maine, we are fortunate to have a Clean Elections system that allows legislators to turn down corporate special interest money. At the national level, Congress should follow Maine’s example by empowering the voices of small donors.
Chellie Pingree
Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
Robert Orben
Democracy is a revelation, but it’s complicated. There are elections to hold, politics to create, rights to assert, grievances to settle and institutions to build. To many, it’s exhilarating. For others, it can be disappointing when it turns out that democracy doesn’t immediately make life better.
Atifete Jahjaga
We will stand by Punjab, Punjabis and Punjabiat, unlike Parkash Singh Badal, who makes Chandigarh, river waters and other emotive issues his bread and butter during the elections.
Gurpreet Ghuggi
It’s very clear that Louisiana is gonna be voting for Republicans for statewide elections going forward because that’s just where we are as a state.
John Fleming
We have seen voters denied their rights in recent elections as they have been incorrectly purged from lists, their absentee votes not counted, and voting machine integrity and security not assured.
Marcy Kaptur
Compared to Congress, BJP is spending huge money in the elections. BJP keeps claiming that it is not corrupt. Then where is it getting such huge monies from?
N. Chandrababu Naidu
In just three years, Iraq has achieved immense progress. It has had three successful elections in which 80% of their citizens voted, even while being threatened with death.
John Linder
Elections are about choices, and part of what you do is draw that contrast.
Elizabeth Esty
We need to get rid of the Federal Elections Commission. It’s a joke. It doesn’t enforce the law.
Russ Feingold
Historically, there hasn’t been a significant correlation between gold prices and U.S. elections. Furthermore, history has shown that gold prices tend to fall just before U.S. elections and rise immediately after, and this goes on until the next election.
Fabrizio Moreira
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Voting is how we participate in a civic society – be it for president, be it for a municipal election. It’s the way we teach our children – in school elections – how to be citizens, and the importance of their voice.
Loretta Lynch
The big secret to winning elections is to get more votes than your opponent. My friend Representative Robin Hayes is a good example to study.
Jesse Helms
Free and fair elections have again demonstrated that Jammu and Kashmir is part of India, and the people want to remain with it.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
You talk about the values that you have whether they’re in favor or not in favor. That’s how you lead. The reality is, we’re losing more and more elections.
Artur Davis
Especially in local elections, because hardly anybody pays attention to those – but it’s really important who’s mayor and who’s on the city council, county commissioners, sheriffs, district attorney, and of course the school board.
Jello Biafra
Some of the immediate causes of Jack Abramoff’s troubles were some Indian elections that went bad for him.
Joshua Micah Marshall
We live in a representative democracy, characterized by free and fair elections and peaceful transfers of power. After most elections, roughly half of Americans are thrilled with the results; the other half are profoundly disappointed.
Todd Young
Here’s the deal: when conservatives lose elections, they change their strategy. When liberals lose elections, they want to change the rules.
Dan Bongino
Partisanship particularly increased after the 1994 elections and then the appearance of the first unified Republican government since the 1950s.
Thomas E. Mann
Voluntary public funding of elections solves the free speech ‘problem’ with more speech instead of more regulation: by giving qualified candidates who show broad-based constituent support enough matching public funds to mount a credible campaign.
Alan K. Simpson
Elections are an enduring spectacle of free India, and have provided foreign journalists with the opportunity to remind the world that India remains the world’s largest democracy.
Shashi Tharoor
Tony Blair was a good politician but not a good Prime Minister, and that’s what we don’t want to be. We don’t want to be just people who are good at winning elections: we want to be good at governing. I think we benefit from having seen the mistakes that we think Tony Blair made in 1997.
George Osborne
In November 2000, the Republicans stole from America our most precious right of all: the right to free and fair elections… Now President Bush occupies the White House, but with questionable legitimacy.
Cynthia McKinney
Democracy in China is like Viagra; no such thing as free elections.
George Montgomery
Organising free and fair elections is more important than the result itself.
Fatos Nano
I am not a pundit or a psephologist and thus not in the business of calling elections.
Barkha Dutt
The scale of time for a politician runs between one primary and the next, and in Israel, this means two to three years because elections almost never take place once every four years as stipulated by law. The timetable for a system of research is completely different.
Aaron Ciechanover
Whether it’s Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana or Odisha, we have seen similar patterns – hostile local politics transform into conciliation of some kind after the state elections.
Barkha Dutt