Monday, 20 May 2019

In 2019, the Netherlands will celebrate the 100th anniversary of universal suffrage. With the constitutional amendment of 1917 all passive voting rights for both women and men were introduced. But active voting rights were only opened to men.

In September 1918, the liberal Democratic MP Hendrik Pieter Marchant submitted an initiative law to establish active voting rights for women, the 'Marchant Act'. It was adopted under pressure from revolutionary movements in the Netherlands. The law entered into force on September 28, 1919. From that date, therefore, the Netherlands has universal suffrage for men and women. 


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