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 July 10, 2005
Vote early! Vote often!
Where else could this come from but New York City, the home of, ah, honest elections?

American Heritage
Dictionary of American Quotations
by Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson
New York: Penguin Books
Pg. 382:
Vote early and vote often.
[In The Age of Jackson, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. associates this with New York City political strongman and iconoclast Mike Walsh. A bold friend of the underprivileged, Walsh headed the Spartan Band, a group of rowdies who participated actively in local elections. On March 31, 1858, in a speech in the U.S. Congress, Rep. William Porcher Miles referred to the "vote early and often" adage as "advice openly displayed on the election banners in one of the northern cities."]

20 August 1858, New York Times, pg. 1:
He had another strong pejudice, and that was against the Democratic doctrine of the City of New-York, as enforced among the Irish there, viz.: "vote early and vote often!"

24 September 1858, New York Times, pg. 4:
They vote early and vote often, and would be ready every month if their country should need their patriotic services so frequently.

19 March 1859, New York Times, pg. 4:
Those who "vote early and often" will henceforth be compelled to "divide" with their backers.

30 April 1870, Punchinello, pg. 71:
He was quite willing they should vote - early and often, if need be;...
Posted by Barry Popik
Government/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 10, 2005 • Permalink