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protest vote

a ballot cast for a candidate with a minimal chance of winning, to register dislike for the other candidates.
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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.
  • Specifically, it prevents a voter from registering a protest vote aimed at the main parties.

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