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Section 17-13-20

Determination of majority of votes cast.

If a nominee for a single office is to be selected, with more than one candidate, then the majority of votes cast for the office in such election shall be ascertained by dividing the total votes cast for all candidates for the office by two, and any number of votes in excess of one half of such total votes cast for all candidates for such office shall be a majority within the meaning of this section. If nominees for two or more offices, constituting a group, are to be selected and there are more candidates for nomination than there are such offices, then the majority of votes cast for the office in such election shall be ascertained by dividing the total votes cast for all such candidates by the number of positions to be filled, and then dividing the result by two. Any number of votes in excess of the number ascertained by such last division shall be the majority herein provided for necessary for nomination. If, in ascertaining the result in this way, it appears that more candidates have obtained this majority than there are positions to be filled, then those having the highest vote, if beyond the majority just defined, shall be declared the nominees for the positions to be filled.

(Acts 1975, No. 1196, p. 2349, §34; §17-16-38; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §59.)
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