The *largest remainder method* requires the number of votes for each party to be divided a quota representing the number of votes *required* for a seat, and this gives a notional number of seats to each, usually including an integer and either a fraction or alternatively a remainder. Each party receives seats equal to the integer. This will generally leave some seats unallocated: the parties are then ranked on the basis of the fraction or equivalently on the basis of the remainder, and parties with the larger fractions or reaminders are each allocated one additional seat until all the seats have been allocated. This gives the method its name.

There are several possibilities for the quotas. The most common are:

the Hare quota which is ; and

the Droop quota which is .

The Hare quota tends to be slightly more generous to less popular parties and the Droop quota to more popular parties. Which is more proportional depends on what measure of proportionality is used.

Party | Yellows | Whites | Reds | Greens | Blues | Pinks | Total |

Votes | 47,000 | 16,000 | 15,800 | 12,000 | 6,100 | 3,100 | 100,000 |

Seats | 10 | ||||||

Hare Quota | 10,000 | ||||||

Votes/Quota | 4.70 | 1.60 | 1.58 | 1.20 | 0.61 | 0.31 | |

Automatic seats | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 7 |

Remainder | 0.70 | 0.60 | 0.58 | 0.20 | 0.61 | 0.31 | |

Highest Remainder Seats | 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 0 | 3 |

Total Seats | 5 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 0 | 10 |

Party | Yellows | Whites | Reds | Greens | Blues | Pinks | Total |

Votes | 47,000 | 16,000 | 15,800 | 12,000 | 6,100 | 3,100 | 100,000 |

Seats | 10 | ||||||

Droop Quota | 9,091 | ||||||

Votes/Quota | 5.170 | 1.760 | 1.738 | 1.320 | 0.671 | 0.341 | |

Automatic seats | 5 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 8 |

Remainder | 0.170 | 0.760 | 0.738 | 0.320 | 0.671 | 0.341 | |

Highest Remainder Seats | 0 | 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 2 |

Total Seats | 5 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 10 |