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Wasted Votes & The Effect they can have on Election Results

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Thanks to Flag n Fix, for submitting this article.

In the 2020 NZ General Election, 225,000 votes went to parties that did not win any seats.

So what happens to these votes?

The Sainte Lague Calculation is applied. You can view the Electoral Commission’s explanation of the Sainte Lague Formula here: Following is a quote taken from that official government page:

Because the parties not reaching the threshold have been disregarded the percentage share for each of the remaining parties has increased. (Emphasis mine)
NZ Electoral Commission


Published: 27 September 2023

From:  Flag n Fix on Substack

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