Keith,

In a district with 8 representatives, does a voter get to give all of their votes to one candidate?

No.

They have to vote for eight different candidates.

My numbers show how many discrete, individual voters had to support a candidate.

Winning even the 14th placed position in a 14-seat district in New Hampshire requires 5,244 people to vote for that candidate

NOT

375 voters each giving that candidate 14 votes.

But many of the 401K votes were in fact cast by the same people, yes? I mean, how did you arrive at that number? Did you simply add up what it took to get 201 state reps? Because if you did that, then you counted many of the same people twice.

Hypothetical Scenario:

Five seat Multi-member district, with 15,445 residents, 9000 of which are registered to vote, 6000 of which actually show up. Total votes cast: 30,000. You have eight candidates on the general ballot. The results come out to be:

Jim 5000

Bob 4800

Keith 4750

Steve 4200

Jason 4000

Joe 3800

Zack 2000

Rich 1450

So, the winners here (top five) got a combined total of 22,750, in a district of 6000 real voters.

In the same way as this scenario, your 401k vote total does not mean 401k actual voters. Try to figure out how many actual individual voters went into those booths and elected those 201 reps.

Only then will you have a legitimate comparison.

I'm not saying that the number will be smaller than WY's. Of course it won't. But it certainly isn't 8 times as high, as your post makes out. It's probably closer to a factor of two or three.