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directors vote [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2008, 04:25
Hi guys,

Could you please help me with this issue (with the explanation please):

At Consolidated Foundries, for a resolution to become policy, a quorum of at least half of the 20 directors must pass the resolution by at least a two-thirds majority. At a meeting of the board of directors, did resolution X pass or fail?

1) Ten directors voted for the resolution.
2) Seven directors voted against the resolution.
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Re: directors vote [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2008, 05:58
Question tells us that for a resolution to pass we must have atleast = 10*2/3 = 6.67 => 7 votes, in favor of resolution.

Statement 1:
Tells us 10 directors voted for the resolution. Means half of 20 directors voted, but does not tells us how many voted in favor and how many voted against it.

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Tells us 7 directors voted against the resolution. Now here is the catch. 20*1/3 (2/3 needed for passing so 1/3 needed for failing it) = 6.67 => 7. If 7 directors vote against a resolution then resolution will fail. So this statement alone is able to answer the question.

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Re: directors vote [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2008, 06:20
B is correct.

However, I didn't get why you take 20 in the 2nd statement and not 10 (quorum is 10)?
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Re: directors vote [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2008, 06:35
First of all, forgot about statement 1 when answer only statement 2. So we are not given whether 7 out of 10 people voted against resolution or 7 out of 20 people voted against resolution.

If 7 out of 10 people voted against resolution then only 3 people voted in favor of resolution, which is less than needed 2/3 of 10 majority so resolution will fail.

If 7 out of 20 people voted against resolution then only 13 people voted in favor of resolution, which is again less than needed 2/3 of 20 majority (majority is 13.33, in absolute terms it will be 14) so resolution will fail.

I took case of 20 only because if resolution is failing with larger group, then with same number of against votes it will definitely fail with smaller group.
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Re: directors vote [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2008, 07:26
Thanks a lot, now I got it. :wink:
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