vote early and often

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Sep 28 17:11:29 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?
> 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.
> -----

And now I see Safire's Political Dictionary also gives Van Buren credit.

--Ben Zimmer

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