Re: Updated proposed ballot for the constitutional amendment (clarification of section 4.1.5)
On Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003, at 05:53 US/Eastern, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
As i understand it, a majority is 50% +1, while anything else is a
super-majority. There is no such thing as a 75% majority or a 60%
majority. These are super-majorities, since they are clearly more
than a majority.
Then your understanding is incorrect.
2. The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of
mankind; a majority of the votes cast.
So, then, 51% would be enough, but proposals A and C require 3:1.
That's more than a majority; hence, supermajority.
More important than arguing over definitions is, I think, consistency.
Let's just pick one of the words for the GR. Using both words makes the
reader wonder if there is a sane reason to do so, and he starts trying
to figure out how a "3:1 majority" is different from a "3:1
supermajority". It seems to be fairly normal and expected to used the
same word consistently in technical and legal documents (unlike novels,
for example). I suggest we do so.