Victor D'Hondt

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Victor D'Hondt
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Born (1841-11-20)20 November 1841
Ghent, Belgium
Died 30 May 1901(1901-05-30) (aged 59)
Ghent, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
Occupation businessman, jurist, lawyer, mathematician
Known for Electoral voting system

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 Albania, Argentina, Armenia, 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 and the Scottish Parliament.


  • Système pratique et raisonné de représentation proportionnelle. Bruxelles, 1882.