BRITS will today elect 73 Members of the European Parliament in an election that is expected to show views over Brexit. But what's the process like and how does the D'Hondt voting system work? Read on to find out... How does the D'Hondt voting system work? The UK use the D'Hondt voting system, which is a form of proportional representation where voters choose a single party instead of an individual candidate. In D'Hondt, voters rank their preferred candidates and an average is taken to determine the winners. The proportion of seats given by a party directly reflects the proportion of votes won. In the first round of counting, the party with the most votes is allocated a seat for the candidate at the top of its list. Under the d’Hondt method, each party’s total number of votes is repeatedly divided – until all seats are filled – by divisor 1 + the number of seats already allocated. If it is still top it gains another seat. If not, whichever party has the most … [Read more...] about European Elections – how does the D’Hondt voting system work?
European elections how do they work
How does it work? Voters in 28 countries will elect 751 members of the European parliament for a five-year term that starts on 2 July. If Brexit goes ahead before then, British MEPs will not take up their seats. When does it happen? The election takes place this Thursday, 23 May, in the UK and in the Netherlands. Ireland and the Czech Republic go to the polls on Friday with Latvia, Malta and Slovakia on Saturday and the remainder of member states on Sunday. How does the election work? Postal vote ballot papers are already hitting doormats and the first thing you will notice is how long the ballot paper is and how different it is to that in the general election. The ballot paper consists of lists of parties with a box containing a “closed list” of candidates pre-selected to run by the party. Independents are listed individually. The constituencies are multi-seat, ranging from three in the North East England constituency to 10 seats in South East England. Can I chose in order … [Read more...] about European elections: how does the voting system work?
What are the European elections?European elections are the second-largest democratic contest in the world, second only to the Indian elections. Voters in 28 countries will elect 751 members of the European parliament for a five-year term that starts on 2 July. If Brexit goes ahead, British MEPs will quit; some of the UK’s 73 seats will be redistributed to other states, but the parliament will be reduced to 705 members. When does voting happen? So how does the voting work? What is the D’Hondt system? So can pro-Remain supporters vote tactically? There are conflicting views here. While some Remain supporters have set up websites to advise people on voting tactically, other analysts have warned such attempts could even end up costing Remain parties seats in some regions. How will the new European parliament work?Europe. … [Read more...] about What are the European elections and how do they work?
On June 23, 2016, the country was asked to vote on whether Great Britain should keep its place in the EU or leave. 17,410,742 of us said it was time to go with 16,141,241 of us wanting to stay put and we've been stumbling towards some kind of Brexit ever since. Three years on few people thought that polling cards would have dropped through millions of letter boxes inviting us to choose another set MEPs to return to Brussels - whether we want them or not. On Thursday we vote again though we won't know the winners and the losers until Sunday night or early Monday morning when the results will be announced. People in Leicester and Leicestershire have not long since chosen councillors to represent them for the next four years in local elections which many viewed as a barometer of the weary voter's view on Brexit. This time it's the real thing and our ballots will help decide which five MEPs are chose to represent the East Midlands Region in the European Parliament whether that … [Read more...] about Live: East Midlands European election results as they happen
More than 370 million people will be eligible to vote in the European elections. But as they enter the polling booth they will have very different issues on their mind, as this survey of the six biggest countries conducted by the Europa group of newspapers reveals. FRANCE – We are all protectionists now It used to be a dirty word in an open country that is part of the world’s biggest single market. But French parties are increasingly adopting the p-word in this campaign, even if they don’t always say it out loud. On the far left, La France Insoumise supports “solidarity protectionism” and proposes the idea of a “kilometric carbon tax”: the further the product is shipped, the more it is taxed. The green fringe advocate something similar – a carbon tax at the border of the EU and restrictions on imports from countries that do not permit free union association. Meanwhile, Marine le Pen’s National Rally advocates an “intelligent … [Read more...] about European elections: how the six biggest countries will vote