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Encyclopedia > Relative majority

A plurality (or "relative majority") is the largest share of something, which may or may not be a majority. For example, if an election had three candidates, who received 40%, 25%, and 35% of the vote, the candidate with 40% would have a plurality, but not a majority. Plurality is one of the most ineffective ways of counting votes. It can lead to vote leeching and highly dispised leaders. Some elections or voting methods require merely a plurality, while others require a majority, using methods such as runoff voting or borda count if a majority is not produced.

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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Majority (252 words)
Majority, the state of a person or thing greater, or superior, in relation to another person or thing.
majority" when the votes for the one candidate, or party, numerically exceed those given to any other.
majority is the state of persons who have reached the age required for such and such definite acts; in particular for acts of civil
Majority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (320 words)
A majority is a subset of a group that is more than half of the entire group.
In parliamentary procedure (the "rules of order" concerning the conduct of business in a deliberative body), the term 'majority' refers to "more than half." As it relates to a vote, a majority is more than half of the votes cast (noting that an abstention is simply the refusal to vote).
Double majority - a majority of votes in a majority of states.
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