A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 27, 2015
“Vote as you please, but please vote”

"Vote as you please, but please vote” is a popular election saying. The saying has been cited in print since at least 1924 and was promoted by Jaycees (Junior Chambers) in the 1940s and 1950s.


Chronicling America
28 February 1908, Jefferson (TX) Jimplecute, pg. 3, col. 1:
One candidate was heard to say “My friend, vote as you please, but please vote for me.”

2 November 1924, Springfield (MA) Sunday Republican, “Vermont Vote to Be Largest in its History,” pg. 5B, col. 8:
The voting starts at 6 Tuesday morning in the armory andamong the many slogans for getting out the voters that have been passed around the past week is this one: “Vote as you please, but please vote.”

3 November 1924, The Evening Repository (Canton, OH), pg. 2, col. 7 ad:
VOTE
as
YOU PLEASE
but
PLEASE VOTE
The Exchange Club of Canton

6 November 1940, Seattle (WA) Times, pg. 7, col. 2:
Hans Evers, who has been selling The Times in the business district for the past twenty-three years, did his non-partisan bit yesterday toward getting out the vote. “Go to the polls and vote,” was his cry. “Vote as you please, but please vote. If you don’t vote today, don’t complain tomorrow.”

Google News Archive
25 February 1944, Palm Beach (FL) Post, pg. 7, col. 1:
JAYCEES BEGIN DRIVE TO REGISTER VOTERS
(...)
The committee adopted the stand of “Vote as you please, but please vote”, and urged the public to take notice of the fact that if they live in West Palm Beach they cannot vote in county, State and national elections this year unless they re-register.

Google News Archive
18 May 1946, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), pg. 6, col. 1:
JAYCESS URGING PEOPLE TO VOTE
Members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce civic, industrial and development committee, met yesterday to urge citizens to vote in the special election June 4.

“Vote as you please, but please vote,” Don Loader, chairman of the committee urged.

Google News Archive
1 May 1950, The Independent (St. Petersburg, FL), pg. 20, col. 7 ad:
TOMORROW IS
Election Day!
VOTE AS YOU PLEASE
BUT
PLEASE VOTE
(Ben Greene Inc. Package Store.—ed.)

Google News Archive
21 May 1950, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, pg. 15, col. 4 photo caption:
The slogan “Vote as you please, but please vote” carries out the non-partisan Jaycee theme.

Google News Archive
23 July 1958, Palm Beach (FL) Post, pg. 6, col. 4ad:
VOTE AS YOU PLEASE, BUT PLEASE VOTE!
(...)
LAKE WORTH COMMITTEE “FOR” LEASING THE LIGHT PLANT

Google Books
City Politics, Canada
By James Lightbody
Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press
2006
Pg. 197:
The frequent admonition of local newspapers to “vote as you please, but please vote” is misguided, when it can be demonstrated that only those who see themselves as having a direct stake in the outcome of an elected council’s decisions have, in fact, participated.

Facebook
Cory Booker
November 3, 2014 ·
VOTE as you PLEASE, but PLEASE VOTE
Election Day tomorrow.

Twitter
Leila
‏@DynamitePR
One of my favourite get out the vote messages: Vote as you please but please vote! #ableg #abvote
3:26 PM - 22 Apr 2015

Williams Lake (British Columbia) Tribune
OPINION
Column: Federal election shaping up to be an interesting one
by Ken Wilson - Williams Lake Tribune
posted Aug 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM
(...)
As the old saying goes, ‘vote for whom you please, but please vote.’

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, August 27, 2015 • Permalink


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