Donkey (Election) Law and Legal Definition

The donkey is the established although unofficial political symbol for the Democratic Party. Democratic Party historians say the symbol was first used during Andrew Jackson's presidential campaign in 1828. Labelled a "jackass" by his opponents, he adopted the donkey himself for his campaign posters and it stuck with him as a result of his stubborn reputation.

After that, the donkey was well established as a mascot for the Democratic party. A cartoon about the Garfield-Hancock campaign in the New York Daily Graphic showed the Democratic candidate mounted on a donkey, leading a procession of crusaders.

Over the years, the donkey and the elephant have become the accepted symbols of the Democratic and Republican parties.