D’Hondt Look Back in Anger13 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: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/electionsinwales/2014/05/22/the-fabulous-mr-dhondt/
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.
Non-partisan thoughts on elections, voting and political representation from Roger Awan-Scully of Cardiff University.