With the number of seats for each party known, these are given to the candidates on the regional lists based on the number of votes from each region towards the party's nationwide total, awarded proportionally to the regions.These subdivisions are not strictly constituencies, as they do not decide how many seats each party is awarded, but are districts that the members represent once elected.
Turnout has constantly fallen in every EU election since 1979.In 2009, the overall turnout was at 43%, down from 45.5% in 2004.No other EU institution is directly elected, with the Council of the European Union and the European Council being only indirectly legitimated through national elections.The allocation of seats to each member state is based on the principle of degressive proportionality, so that, while the size of the population of each country is taken into account, smaller states elect more MEPs than is proportional to their populations.The two major parties are the centre-right European People's Party and the centre-left Party of European Socialists.
They form the two largest groups, (called EPP and S&D respectively) along with other smaller parties.
On Monday May 21, 2018, seven Upper School science research students competed at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) State Fair at Penn State University.
are elected to the European Parliament, which has been directly elected since 1979.
In Britain the turnout was just 34.3%, down from 38% in 2004.
Despite falling below 50% since 1999, turnout is not yet as low as that of the US Midterm elections, which usually falls below 40%.
As of 2011 reforms by Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff are being considered by Parliament, which are seen as the most significant overhaul of the electoral system since elections began.