As we wind down this contentious political season, we at GCP want to make sure that everyone remembers to VOTE on November 8th. We also must be sure to talk to our sons and daughters about how important it is to exercise this right that our ancestors fought so hard to give us. It has never been more critical for us to make our voices heard at the polls. Here are some Thoughtful Thursday quotes about voting and the political process to inspire us:

What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.
–Barbara Jordan

People who don’t vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests.
–Marian Wright Edelman

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.–Lyndon B. Johnson

This struggle must, and will, go on in the cause of our nation’s quest for justice – until every eligible American has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules, or practices.
–-Attorney General Eric Holder

There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.
―- President Barack Obama