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A Donkey vote is when someone puts numbers on an election ballot paper in the same order that the candidates are listed. For example, if a ballot paper had J. Smith on the top line, M. Doe on the middle line and N. Citizen on the bottom line, and the voter put a 1 beside J. Smith, a 2 beside M. Doe and a 3 beside N. Citizen, that would be called a donkey vote.

Donkey votes are counted in election results because:

  • A person could have wanted to vote in that way
  • The votes are formal
  • A number has been placed in every box

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