protest vote

a ballot cast for a candidate with a minimal chance of winning, to register dislike for the other candidates.

1970–75 Unabridged
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If you wait for one or more of them to get in first, you may find yourself
  sharing the protest vote in the primary.
But it also represented a huge protest vote against the monarchy and the
  mainstream parties.
But complaining is easy, as is casting a protest vote.
With the protest vote diminished, even a little support for the government went
  a long way.
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