Volt Netherlands

Volt Netherlands

Volt Nederland
LeaderLaurens Dassen
ChairpersonJason Halbgewachs
Sacha Muller
FounderReinier van Lanschot
Laurens Dassen
Founded23 June 2018; 2 years ago (2018-06-23)
Membership (2021)7,500[1]
IdeologySocial liberalism
European federalism
Political positionCentre[2]
European affiliationVolt Europa
Colours Purple
Slogan"Innovative, Sustainable, European"
(Dutch: Vernieuwend, Duurzaam, Europees)
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House of Representatives
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Volt Netherlands (Dutch: Volt Nederland, mostly known by the abbreviated name Volt) is a social-liberal political party in the Netherlands.[3] It is the Dutch branch of Volt Europa, a political movement that operates on a European level.


Volt Nederland was founded in Utrecht on 23 June 2018, with Reinier van Lanschot as its first chairman.[4] The party owes its start and foundation partly to donations through crowdfunding.[5]

Electoral results

2019 European Parliament election

The 2019 European Parliament election was the first election in which Volt took part. The party obtained 106,004 votes in the Netherlands, more than 100,000 votes too few for a seat. The party received most of its votes in university cities, such as Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht and Wageningen. Although the Dutch branch of Volt was unable to obtain a seat in the European Parliament, it is currently represented by the German branch, which won one seat.

Election EU party Top candidate Performance Rank
Votes % ± pp Seats +/–
2019 Volt Europa Reinier van Lanschot 106,004 1.93 New
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2021 Dutch general election

In 2021, the party participated in the Dutch general election. On 25 October 2020, the party adopted its candidate list, with Laurens Dassen as the top candidate.[6] At the beginning of 2021, the Electoral Council announced that Volt would participate in all 20 electoral districts.[7] National opinion polling typically excluded the party until six weeks before the election, when their popularity began to rise; a number of polls in the days leading up to election day showed them projected to win up to three seats.[8] Volt ultimately won 2.4% of votes, their best national performance in any election to date, and three seats, marking their first entrance into a national legislature.[9][10] The newly elected Members of Parliament will be installed on 31 March 2021;[11] the three seats of Volt will be taken up by Laurens Dassen, Nilüfer Gündoğan, and Marieke Koekkoek.[12][13][14]

Election Lijsttrekker Votes % Seats +/– Government
2021 Laurens Dassen 252,480 2.42 (#11)
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  1. ^ "Onze ledengroei gaat als een raket!". Volt Nederland. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  2. ^ Bakker, Noa (2021-03-05). "Tweede Kamer Verkiezingen: Achter de schermen bij het Kieskompas". Politeia. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  3. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2021). "Netherlands". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Nieuwe partij Volt Nederland opgericht". Nederlands Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Pro-Europees Volt roeit tegen de stroom in richting verkiezingen". Financieel Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Hier is die dan! De lijst waarmee wij mee gaan doen met de #TK2021 #VoltCongres10 #VoltCongres #VoltProgramma". Twitter. Volt Nederland. 24 October 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Recordaantal partijen (41) levert kandidatenlijst in voor Tweede Kamerverkiezing". Kiesraad. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  8. ^ Europe Elects (8 March 2021). "Netherlands, I&O Research poll". Europe Elects. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  9. ^ "A Pro-Europe, Anti-Populist Youth Party Scored Surprising Gains in the Dutch Elections". New York Times. 19 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Results of the parliamentary elections 2021". Verkiezingensite.nl. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Kamervoorzitter ontvangt verkenners Van Ark en Koolmees". tweedekamer.nl. Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal. 25 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  12. ^ Laurens Kok (26 March 2021). "Uitslag verkiezingen onveranderd, opkomst lager dan in 2017". Het Parool. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  13. ^ Wafa Al Ali (18 March 2021). "Volt: 'Hopelijk vinden andere partijen ons leuk'". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Utrechtse Marieke Koekkoek met voorkeursstemmen de Kamer in voor Volt: 'Dubbel gevoel'". RTV Utrecht. 21 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.

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