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July 8, 2009


It's never too late to have a happy childhood, and age only matters if you're a cheese. - Rick Steves


Anonymous Brad y Wiseman said...

This question comes up often in state legislatures, where some supermajority of those present and voting requires the calculation.

In this case, the calculation is: 206 x 2/3 = (206 x 2)/3 = 137.3333.

So the actual 2/3 majority vote is 138, since 137 is fractionally less than 2/3 of 206.

July 8, 2009 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

It's standard practice to round down, not up, for fractions less than .5

July 8, 2009 6:34 PM  

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