One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in a preferential system of voting) a vote in which the preferences recorded simply follow the order in which candidates' names appear on the ballot paper.‘I would much rather people abstain than cast a donkey vote’
- ‘The donkey vote has remained stable since 1999.’
- ‘Meanwhile, the number of donkey votes rises, the number of informal votes rises, people avoid registering to vote, and many people just make blind guesses at the polling booth.’
- ‘They only won thanks to the donkey vote.’
- ‘The Labor Party did have the donkey vote last time.’
- ‘I can assure you that next time I will be doing a donkey vote unless I have learned something new between now and then.’
- ‘Abolishing compulsory voting would cut out the donkey vote to some extent.’
- ‘The best thing the candidate could hope for would be to win the donkey vote in the next ballot draw.’
- ‘There is doubtless an element of donkey vote in his close call.’
- ‘That 81% includes high numbers of donkey votes, invalid votes and blind guesses, so our real turnouts could be as low as 60%.’
- ‘The fines for not voting are small and often not enforced, and you can always cast a donkey vote anyway.’
Early 20th century: an allusion to the donkey's reputation for stupidity.
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