One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A majority in which the highest number of votes cast for any one candidate, issue, or item exceeds the second-highest number, while not constituting an absolute majority.
- ‘Nominations will be taken from the floor, and in a secret ballot a simple majority will decide the issue if there are, as is likely, only two candidates.’
- ‘Looking battered but unbowed, he technically needs to win just a simple majority of the votes cast today.’
- ‘To pass the constitution, a simple majority of those who cast ballots must vote ‘yes’.’
- ‘They need two candidates for every seat, and a simple majority of votes cast should decide the election.’
- ‘Each member has one vote, and decisions are usually taken by consensus, but when that is not possible, a simple majority of votes cast is normally sufficient.’
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