vote early and often

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 28 17:42:54 UTC 2006

At 1:11 PM -0400 9/28/06, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>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.

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