My understanding of how the counts work, is that when there is more than one surplus to be distributed, the larger surplus is distributed first (as it can have the most effect for candidates at the bottom).

We’re currently compiling data for the 1987 General Election counts and we’ve come across two constituencies so far (Louth and Dublin South Central) that didn’t do this. They distributed the surpluses in order of being elected, which in these cases meant the smaller surplus was distributed first.

So my question is, were surplus distribution rules different in 1987?

Hope this makes sense, and any advice on the matter would be appreciated.

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