Odds and Ends
Like in the olden days
11 3, 4:04am
"In a democratic election you have to get over 50%."
No, you don't.
Different countries use different systems and elections are held in many other instances as well, like inter-party elections or unions or non-governmental organizations of all kind.
And "popular vote" is just a term of American origin that describes votes being cast by ordinary voters - unlike the electoral collage where ordinary voters doesn't vote.
"Popular", stemming from the Latin "Populus", meaning "the people".
Winning the popular vote therefore only means getting the most votes directly from the people.
In some national elections that's enough to win - in others it isn't, since there can be a threshold that must be passed for the election to be considered legitimate - but that's up to each country to decide for themselves.
The election system most resembling the US in Europe is the British, which the US system was modeled after - and many other parts of the world that used to be British colonies also use this model.
It's commonly called the first-past-the-post method, and works by simple popular vote.
The individual candidate the greatest number of people voted for wins, totally regardless of percentages or number of candidates running or anything else.
You can see an illustration of the Singaporean Presidential election from 2011 if you scroll down a bit on Wiki's page on first-past-the-post voting:
The text reads:
"Under a first-past-the-post voting method, the highest polling candidate is elected. In this real-life illustration from 2011, Tony Tan obtained a greater number of votes than the other candidates. Therefore, he was declared the winner, despite the second-placed candidate having an inferior margin of 0.35%, and that a majority of voters (64.8%) did not vote for him."
"You really should do your homework before embarrasing yourself again."
Yes - that's what I've been telling you for a couple of years now...
But you never learn - do you?