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Entry from February 07, 2012
“In a democracy, your vote counts; in feudalism, your count votes”

"In a democracy, it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your count that votes” (or, “In a democracy, your vote counts; in feudalism, your count votes") has been cited in print since at least 1990. The humorous play upon words has been printed on many Internet joke lists.


Zazzle.com
Feudalism, It’s your Count that votes!
Bumper Sticker

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From: (Brad Templeton)
Date: 18 Mar 90 08:25:08 GMT
Local: Sun, Mar 18 1990 2:25 am
Subject: More of the Oneliner file

From: Mogens Jallberg
Subject: democracy vs. feudalism

In democracy its your vote that counts
In feudalism its your count that votes

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From: (The Rink)
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1992 02:58:56 GMT
Local: Sat, Feb 29 1992 8:58 pm
Subject: quotes

In democracy it’s your vote that counts;
in feudalism it’s your count that votes.

Google Books
December 1993, The Rotarian, pg. 64, col. 3:
Political definitions:
Democracy: Where it’s your vote that counts. 
Feudalism: Where it’s your count that votes.

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From: (Jerod Husvar)
Date: 1995/08/22
Subject: [GENERAL INFO] Medieval News Of The Day

Seen on a Pennsic tent-wall…
Democracy:  Your Vote Counts
Feudalism:  Your Count Votes

Google Books
My Little Bit of Nonsense
By Charlie Walker
Wakefield: C. Walker
2000?
Pg. 23:
In a democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.

Google Books
He Who Laughs, Lasts
By Anson R. Nash, Jr.
XulonPress.com
2004
Pg. 211:
...in democracy your vote counts; in feudalism your count votes?

Posted by Barry Popik
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