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 <firstname.lastname@example.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
> 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.". 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."
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.
often thankful he is not a native speaker of the English language
Look ere ye leap. John Heywood
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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