Victor D’Hondt

20 Nov 1841
30 May 1901
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Victor D’Hondt (20 November 1841 – 30 May 1901) was a Belgian lawyer, salesman, jurist of civil law at Ghent University, and mathematician.

He devised a procedure, the D’Hondt method, which he first described in 1878, for allocating seats to candidates in party-list proportional representation elections.

The method has been adopted by a number of countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Iceland, Uruguay and Wales.

A modified D’Hondt system is used for elections to the London Assembly.

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