President Thomas Jefferson

“One man, one vote” or “One person, one vote” is a slogan that has been universally applied for elections in many parts of the world, especially in the less developed countries during the period of decolonization and the struggle for national sovereignty. There is a fair democratic process? Certainly not perfect! Recently I listened to a radio message: Bayern go at the next election by the D ‘ d’Hondt method to the Hare-Niemeyer method to get the smaller parties more deputies to BBs Parliament. I remembered which already often depending on there was election law changes in Germany by the majority of the respective ruling parties. Click Kaiser Family Foundation to learn more. The D ‘ d’Hondt method (after the Belgian jurist Victor Hondt; also) Divisor method with rounding in the Anglo-Saxon: Jefferson method in the Switzerland: Hagenbach-Bischoff method) is a method of proportional representation (seat allotment process), as proportional representation (see election) is needed such as in elections with the distribution principle to convert votes into mandates of Deputy. History: In the United States, the future President Thomas Jefferson on basis of the divisor method, named after him, with rounding off made a proposal for the population proportional distribution of seats in the U.S. House of representatives on the United States in 1792.

The procedure was used until 1840, than (name in the Anglo-Saxon linguistic area for the Hare-Niemeyer method) was replaced by the Hamilton method, penalised the smaller parties of less. In Germany: from 1949 to 1970 was the D ‘ d’Hondt method in Germany which was D ‘ d’Hondt method used in the interest of CDU/CSU by the Hare-Niemeyer method already in the year 1970 when calculating the Committee cast been solved. In the interest of the SPD The D ‘ d’Hondt method was replaced up including 1983 to calculate the distribution of seats to German Bundestag elections, the choice in 1987 was it by the Hare-Niemeyer method (cf.