European elections

The last European Parliamentary Elections took place on 22 May 2014.

In the Yorkshire and Humber Region, which Scarborough Borough Council forms parts, we elect 6 members.

Voting at European elections

The ballot paper lists political parties and independent candidates. Under each party name is a list of candidates who wish to represent that party.

Simply put an X (a cross) next to the party or independent candidate that you wish to vote for.

Who is elected?

The counting of votes under the list system is very complicated and the votes are counted by a form of proportional representation so that minority party candidates have chances of being elected rather than all six candidates for the party that receives the most votes.

In a given region the allocated seats are awarding using a quota system. The quota is the total number of votes received by a party or independent candidate divided by the number of seats already gained in that region +1.

So, for a party with no seats the number of votes received is divided by one, and so stays the same. If the party already has one seat then its number of votes is divided by two, if it has two seats it is divided by three, and so on.

This means that the more seats you have already won, the harder it is to gain extra seats, so the overall allocation of seats is more proportional to the number of votes received.

The first seat that a party wins goes to the first person on its list, the second seat to the second person, and so on, until the party has either not won any more seats or has run out of names on its list. An independent candidate is treated as though he or she were a party with only one name on its list.