Saturday, 20 December 2008

Vote Early and Often

The cynical phrases "Vote early -- and often" and "Vote early -- and vote often" are variously attributed to three different Chicagoans:

  • Al Capone, the famous gangster;
  • Richard J. Daley, mayor from 1955 to 1976; and
  • William Hale Thompson, mayor from 1915-1923 and 1931-1935.

All three were notorious for their corruption and their manipulation of the democratic process. It is most likely that Thompson invented the phrase, and Capone and Daley later repeated it.


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