Tuesday, June 09, 2009

How the votes are distributed in d'hondt 

Looking at how the system actually works on real data - and it is clear what a narrow squeak it was in the Southeast of England with our second seat. We came very close to a Tory gain from us. Doing some calculations with a higher vote share for us shows we would need to raise our vote by nearly 60% to get an extra seat if other parties stayed stable.

Table shows the calculation. Method: top line is actual votes cast for each party that got a seat. Second line of table is this actual vote divided by two. Third line is the original actual vote divided by three. And so on. There are ten seats in Southeast England so we need to list out the ten highest numers in this table. That gives the seats allocation.

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