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simple majority

less than half of the total votes cast but more than the minimum required to win, as when there are more than two candidates or choices.
less than half the number of voters registered. Unabridged
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  • The second peculiarity of the standing orders lies in the fact that they can be suspended by a simple majority vote.

  • In cases of public improvements of great magnitude and cost, the Municipal Assembly cannot vote by a simple majority.

  • He urged a complete reform of House of Commons procedure, including the institution of the Closure by a simple majority.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Mr. Chaplin was denouncing the Closure by a simple majority as unconstitutional and improper.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • He asserted that Closure by a simple majority was the motor muscle of any reform in Parliamentary Procedure.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
Contemporary definitions for simple majority

a voting system whereby the highest number of votes for any one candidate or question designates the winner; one more than half of those voting on a question or candidate's 21st Century Lexicon
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