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D’Hondt Look Back in Anger

13 May 2019

A number of people have contacted me in recent times, asking about how the electoral system for the forthcoming European Parliament election will work.

Well, as they used to say on Blue Peter back in the day, here is one I prepared earlier:

Specifically, this was a blog-post I wrote before the last European Parliament election, walking people through how the D’Hondt formula is applied for allocating the winners of the four seats that Wales has in the European Parliament. As your homework assignment, you can work through the 2014 result as well, as see why the four leading parties each won a single seat.

Happy reading, and enjoy playing around with the numbers.


1 comment
  1. Harry Hayfield

    And as with all good home work assignments, here is the working out:
    Wales Euro Results 2014: Lab 206,332, UKIP 201,983, Con 127,742, Plaid 111,864
    No other parties qualified for allocations
    First Seat Allocation: Labour
    Second Count: UKIP 201,983, Con 127,742, Plaid 111,864, Lab 103,166
    Second Seat Allocation: UKIP
    Third Count: Con 127,742, Plaid 111,864, Lab 103,166, UKIP 100,992
    Third Seat Allocation: Con
    Fourth Count: Plaid 111,864, Lab 103,166, UKIP 100,992, Con 63,871
    Four Seat Allocation: Plaid
    All seats allocated

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