Meaning of donkey vote in English:

donkey vote


Australian, New Zealand
  • (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 best thing the candidate could hope for would be to win the donkey vote in the next ballot draw.’
    • ‘The Labor Party did have the donkey vote last time.’
    • ‘There is doubtless an element of donkey vote in his close call.’
    • ‘The fines for not voting are small and often not enforced, and you can always cast a donkey vote anyway.’
    • ‘Abolishing compulsory voting would cut out the donkey vote to some extent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can assure you that next time I will be doing a donkey vote unless I have learned something new between now and then.’
    • ‘That 81% includes high numbers of donkey votes, invalid votes and blind guesses, so our real turnouts could be as low as 60%.’
    • ‘They only won thanks to the donkey vote.’


Early 20th century an allusion to the donkey's reputation for stupidity.