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Brisson, who had had a majority of votes on the first ballot, but had failed to obtain an absolute majority.
From that time forth, though he could not always command an absolute majority in council, Hastings was never again subjected to gross insult, and his general policy was able to prevail.
To secure election a candidate must at the first voting poll an absolute majority and a number of votes equal to one-fourth of the number of electors.
The sittings of both houses are public, and an absolute majority of the members must be present to make a sitting valid.
This council elects by an absolute majority of votes.
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