(usually uncountable, plural donkey votes)
- (Australia) The act of casting a vote, in an election using a preferential voting system, by specifying the candidates in the order in which they are listed on the ballot paper (i.e., by numbering the choices sequentially from top to bottom, ignoring what they represent); a vote so cast. [From 1962.]
- donkey voter
From donkey (“fool”) + vote.The practice may be a protest at the compulsory nature of Australian state and Federal elections, or may indicate apathy or ignorance. The term is partly an assumption of the ignorance theory, and partly a reflection on the fact that the vote is not simply wasted, but has an unplanned and possibly undesirable effect.