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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 16, 2014
Joe Voter or John Voter (Jane Voter)

"Joe Voter” or “John Voter” (also “Jane Voter") is a generic name for a voter. “John J. and Mary Jane Voter” was cited in print in 1926. “John Voter” was cited in 1927, “Joe Voter” was cited in 1932 and “Jane Voter” was cited in 1942.

Similar names for the average American include Joe Citizen/John Citizen/Jane Citizen, Joe Sixpack/Jane Sixpack, Joe Taxpayer/John Taxpayer/Jane Taxpayer, John Q. Public/Jane Q. Public, Mr. and Mrs. America and Sally Soccer-mom.


14 October 1926, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, “Ashtabula Vote Is Test for P.R.,” pg. 8, col. 3:
“Do you like it or don’t you?” meaning not P. R. (proportional representation—ed.), which cannot be touched, smelled or eaten, but the city service, the street repair, lighting, policing, taxes and other things wherewith the city has touched John J. and Mary Jane Voter in the last ten years.

5 December 1927, Aberdeen (SD) Evening News, “Big Program Faces Congress” (editorial), pg. 4, cols. 1-2:
All in all, it looks like a great session. With the republican party split in the senate, and several members ambitious to run for the presidency, no measure is apt to get past either body without considerable controversy, all intended for John Voter back home.

13 December 1927, Lebanon (PA) Daily News, “Voters That Don’t Vote” (editorial), pg. 8, col. 1:
It seems to be rather a hopeless task to get John Voter to the polls in anything like the proportions apparently justified by the census or even by the registration books.

7 October 1932, Greensboro (NC) Daily News, “Public Pulse,” pg. 7, col. 2:
Joe Voter had been hired by the day to pull fodder.

3 September 1942, Sioux County Index (Hull, IA), “Washington Newsletter” by Lloyd Prince (From the Office of Congressman Vincent F. Harrington), pg. 2, col. 3:
And, third, from now until election Congress will pretty well absorbed with the ambidextrous task of feeling the pulse and shaking the hand of John and Jane Voter, not to mention such other acrobatic feats as riding the fence while keeping an ear glued to the ground.

6 January 1958, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, “Fight Seen Brewing on New Dump Charge” by Murray Seeger, pg. 33, col. 2:
So the boys decided to start Carmichael on a round of the basic political meetings, important weddings, wakes and parties, to get him acquainted with the average Joe and Jane Voter.

OCLC WorldCat record
“And do you, Jane Voter, take this package --”
Author: Herbert Block
Publisher: 10/31/1968.
Edition/Format: Image : Graphic : English
Publication: Herbert L. Block collection (Library of Congress)

Personal Liberty Digest
There’s A Reason Joe And Jane Voter Are Cranky
September 13, 2010 by Bob Livingston
President Barack Obama unleashed his October Surprise a little early, announcing last week his plan to get the Federal Reserve to print $50 billion more dollars and funnel it to the unions under the guise of improving America’s roads, railways and runways. Perhaps he wanted to get a head start in case this one fails, too.

Lulu.com
The Adventures of Joe and Jane Voter: Episode 1
By J.D. Sanderson
Product Details
Published September 30, 2011
Language English
Pages 16
File Format PDF

Justin Onward and Upward
February 24, 2014
What Do John And Jane Voter Want?
What an embarrassment of riches: they can have more of the same economic pie from Harper. They are used to that but was it also good for them? I mean, does Harper’s political histrionics still make their earth move, eight years in?

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