The 5% rule

In redistricting on September 20, 2011 by dadge

Because it comes up again and again a quick post about one of the key facts in this boundary review. The law now says that all constituencies in the United Kingdom, except for four*, must have an electorate (at the date of the review) no more than 5% greater or smaller than the average. The electorate of the UK was calculated as 45,678,175; dividing that by 596 gives 76,641, and adding and taking away 5% gives 80,473 and 72,810. So all 596 constituencies must have an electorate in that range.

*The law makes special arrangements for the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland and the Isle of Wight.


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