My collegues all have given an explanation and Henri's comment "half of the votes + one" is correct. But it depends of what you are talking about.
If it is an election in a democratic state, it means that the candidates must get 50 % plus one vote to be elected. Everybody who has not attains that score must stand stand election again. And the second time around, the "relative majority" counts: The one who gets the most votes are elected.
Lets say there are 10 candidate for a government with 5 positions. People can vote for 5 of them. One candidate is elected with more than 50 %. His election is valid. All the others stand to compete again. The four who get the most votes are elected. It happens also that the less well placed stand back. If four candidates for four positions remain, There elections is confirmed without second vote.
Their is another election modus: the proportional vote. If you want to know more, mail you question.
Hope that helps.
| Maya Jurt|
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