vote early and often

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Sep 28 17:06:38 UTC 2006

On 9/28/06, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
> On 9/28/06, Dennis Baron <debaron at> wrote:
> >
> > I'm trying to pin down "vote early and often." Is there a source for
> > this oft-repeated adage about Chicago politics?
> Variations on the phrase appear as early as 1858 on Proquest, and not
> in a Chicago-specific context. It was apparently already a known
> expression by then.

L. J. Bigelow's _Bench and bar: a complete digest of the wit, humor,
asperities, and amenities of the law_ (1867) attributes the expression
to John Van Buren (son of Martin):

To Mr. Van Buren belongs the paternity of another phrase as frequently
used as the above. "Vote early and vote often" was the witty advice
which he gave a Democratic meeting twenty odd years ago.

--Ben Zimmer

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