stemvee, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, stem vote, voting + vee cattle.
Those whose vote is relied upon (by a political party), but whose views are not considered in decision-making.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 167Stemvee, Voting fodder; back-benchers whose duties in parliament are confined to voting on, and not discussing, the measures brought forward.
1943 I. Frack S. Afr. Doctor 115These ‘educated’ men and women forget the depressed social state of their brethren and only look upon them as ‘stemvee’ — voting cattle, who are useful in furthering their insular ideas.
1988 Sunday Times 10 Apr. 18A backlash is building up among English-speaking South Africans. Taken for granted by President Botha — treated as mere stemvee even though they provided more than 40 percent of the votes that returned him to office..— many people are beginning to flex the political muscles which they are only beginning to sense they have.
Those whose vote is relied upon (by a political party), but whose views are not considered in decision-making.
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