Lincoln on Voter Turnout

“It is the people’s business – the election is in their hands; If they turn their backs to the fire and get scorched in the rear, they’ll find they have got to sit on the blisters.”

Remarks, Washington, D.C., August, 1864

“It is not the qualified voters, but the qualified voters who choose to vote, that constitute the political power of the State.”

Opinion, Washington, D.C., December 31, 1862


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