Entry in progress—B.P.
[This entry was prepared with the assistance of Garson O’Toole, the Quote Investigator.]
The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
Pg. 668 (Sayings):
“If voting could change things, it would be illegal.”
Rennie Ellis, Australian Graffiti Revisisted (1979)
North Country Anvil
If voting could change anything, it would be illegal; when it threatens to change anything, it becomes illegal.
24 September 1976, Lowell (MA) Sun, “Voting is dishonest,” pg. 7, col. 2:
If voting could change anything it would be made illegal!
Robert S. Borden, M. D.
North Main St.
Peace News for Nonviolent Revolution
“If voting could change anything, it would be illegal”.
April 1982, Mother Jones magazine, pg. 25, col. 2:
The graffiti that says, ‘If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal’ just about sums it up.”
The Cynic’s Lexicon:
A dictionary of amoral advice
By Jonathon Green
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul
Pg. 84 (GRAFFITI):
If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.
Who’s afraid of Margaret Thatcher?:
In praise of socialism
By Tariq Ali and Ken Livingstone
London: Verso Editions
If you look for a one-sentence answer, there’s a slogan I have occasionally seen painted on walls, I think by anarchists at the time of elections: IF VOTING CHANGED ANYTHING, THEY’D MAKE IT ILLEGAL.
19 July 1984, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Convention Notebook,” pt. 1, pg. A6:
Read a sign scrawled on the back of one woman’s leather jacket: “If voting changed anything, it would be illegal.”
Qualitative research of media uses and effects
By Thomas R. Lindlof
Norwood, NJ: Ablex Pub. Corp.
Another phrase that appears on the clothing of punks is, “If Voting Changed Anything, It Would Be Illegal!”
By Stephen Greenleaf
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
The sign on the back of his leather jacket read IF VOTING CHANGED ANYTHING IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL.
OCLC WorldCat record
If voting changed anything, they’d abolish it
Author: Ken Livingstone
Publisher: London : Collins, 1987.
Edition/Format: Book : Biography : English
28 April 1991, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, “For reality politics it’s gut-check time,” pg. 1A
If voting actually changed anything it’s likely that politicians would figure out some way to make it illegal.
16 March 1992, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Imelda wants her shoes back” by Shelly Ogle, pg. A10:
“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal,” said dear old Unknown.
20 June 1993, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, pg. 3L:
Someone and no one seems to know who once said: “If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal.”
17 August 1998, Washington (DC) Times, Frantic schedules, indifference keep voters from the polls”:
It’s as if more and more of the electorate seems to subscribe to the old saw that “if voting could change anything, they would have made it illegal.”
New York (NY) Times
Happy National Apathy Day
By Will Durst
Published: November 2, 1998
It’d be totally different if it actually mattered. But it’s not as if we have any real choice. If voting were effective, they would have made it illegal by now.
The Big Curmudgeon:
2,500 outrageously irreverent quotations and interviews with world-class grumps and cantankerous commentators
By Jon Winokur
New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. EMMA GOLDMAN
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