il voto di protesta

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun expression il voto di protesta, which means protest vote.

This expression has come up a lot in the Italian press with the recent Italian elections that have just passed, and it will probably keep coming up until a government is formed.

See the expression used below:

Spesso quando ci sono tanti partiti che si candidano, gli elettori votano un piccolo partito. Questo voto è un voto di protesta perché gli elettori sono stanchi dei grandi partiti che non riescono a ottenere risultati quando sono al governo.

Often when there are a lot of political parties running, the voters vote for a small party. This vote is a protest vote because the voters are tired of the large parties that are not able to get results when they are in government.

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