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Re: Updated proposed ballot for the constitutional amendment (clarification of section 4.1.5)

On Tue, 14 Oct 2003 04:09:47 -0400, Anthony DeRobertis <asd@suespammers.org> said: 

> On Mon, 2003-10-13 at 21:28, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> And what is the difference between a 3:1 majority and a 3:1 super
>> majority? If there is no difference, why can't the terms be used
>> interchangeably?

> Using two different technical terms makes it seem like there is a
> distinction. Also, a "3:1 majority" is a contradiction; a majority
> is defined as "The greater number or part; a number more than half
> of the total."[0]. If we require more than 50%+1, we no longer

	Last I looked, 75% (3:1 majority) is indeed a number greater
 than half of the total. It does not say in the definition just a tad
 bit over half so we can just barely call it a majority.

> require a majority, we require a supermajority, "a specified
> majority of votes, such as 60 percent, required to approve a motion
> or pass legislation."[1]

	So, supermajority means a specified majority of votes -- so a
 supermajority is a majority where we specify how much more than half
 its gotta be. Ergo, supermajority is a sunset of a majority.

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