straw vote

noun

Definition of straw vote 

: an unofficial vote taken (as at a chance gathering) to indicate the relative strength of opposing candidates or issues

called also straw poll

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The council voted against the idea 6to3 earlier in the budget process, and had a 5-to-4 straw vote last week in favor of continuing several storm water projects that were in mid-design but had been halted. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Montgomery Council adds legal aid for immigrant defense to proposed budget," 22 May 2018 Acceding to legal advice, the Broward County Charter Review Commission has moved from putting an assault weapons ban on the ballot in November to putting a straw vote on the question on the ballot. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Readers applaud Broward's move to give them a vote to ban assault weapons — if they can agree what an assault weapon is," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of straw vote

1866, in the meaning defined above

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