What is the d’Hondt Method?

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The d’Hondt system is a system of highest averages for working out seat allocation. It ends with a proportional result, though can be distorted through small constituency sizes. In short, you give a seat to the highest party, then divide their total votes by the seats they have plus one. Then, at that stage whichever the party with the highest number is gets a seat. So in the chart below, you can see one example.

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Image: Pulse Media

For a less abstract concept, watch the video below:


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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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