absolute majority

Absolute majority means 50% of the votes plus 1 (vote).

Absolute majority in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands most decision are taken by an absolute majority. A company’s articles of association A document, drawn up when a Dutch company or legal person is set up, and which regulates the operations of the company and defines its purpose.
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or Dutch legislation often prescribes whether an absolute majority is enough to adopt a resolution. In most cases a required absolute majority literally means half plus 1 (51% of the votes) but it can also relate to the number of persons with voting rights. In that case also absent votes are taken into consideration.

Qualified majority of votes

Absolute majority can be distinguished from qualified majority of votes (where a higher threshold is set for a voting to pass). Absolute majority is also referred to as simple majority.

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Synonyms: simple majority

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