Vu, “They will vote…” May 8, 1929, (2009.52.43)

Unidentified Photographer, [Senator John F. Kennedy giving a campaign speech, Alexandria, Virginia], August 24, 1960 (2013.96.24)

ALEXANDRIA, VA., AUG. 24 — CAMPAIGNS IN VIRGINIA — Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Democratic Presidential nominee, as he carried his campaign for the White House into the South for the first time. He told an outdoor rally at a high school stadium in Alexandria tonight, that eight years under a Republican administration has led to critical decline in America’s prestige. Democratic Vice-presidential nominee Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, also spoke. (AP WIREPHOTO) 1960. [Printed caption on recto]

Charles Pratt (1929-1976), “Edge of City,” [Vote Kennedy], 1960 (65.1996)

Charles Moore, [Voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama], 1965 (176.1991)

Matt Herron, “Vote” Marcher, Selma to Montgomery, March 1965 (2008.56.1)

Anonymous, [Illustration encouraging African Americans to vote], 1972 (DA.3A7.909)

Silence = Death Project, Silence = Death: Vote, 1988 (1251.2000)


1. A formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands.
1.1 An act of giving or registering a vote.
1.2 The choice expressed collectively by a body of electors or by a specified group.
1.3 The right to register a choice in an election.

1. Give or register a vote.
1.1 Cause (someone) to gain or lose a particular post or honor by means of a vote.
1.2 Used to express a wish to follow a particular course of action.
1.3 (of a legislature) grant or confer by vote.
1.4 Reject something by means of a vote.

Late Middle English: from Latin votum a vow, wish, from vovere to vow. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

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