A Sin to Vote for Wicked Men

Called Unto Liberty, Hyrum Smith, 19th Century Sermons

We engage in the election the same as in any other principle; you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin; to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. Damn the rod of tyranny; curse it. Let every man use his liberties according to the Constitution. Don’t fear man or devil; electioneer with all people, male and female, and exhort them to do the thing that is right. We want a President of the U. S., not a party President, but a President of the whole people; for a party President disfranchises the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights

Source: Hyrum Smith, 1844, The Documentary History of the Church, Volume 6:323. Hyrum Smith (1801-1877) served as Patriarch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was the older brother of The Prophet Joseph Smith Jr.