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Free Voters: Gaining more ground

Bundestag manifesto Freie Wähler
Freie Wähler

On 26 September 2021, the election for the 20th German Bundestag took place. 60.4 million eligible voters were called upon to vote for the Bundestag election and elect a new Bundestag. A total of 6211 people stood for one of the 598 parliamentary seats, and 47 political parties were fielding candidates - among them, our EDP member party Free Voters (Freie Wähler).

This year's election marked a record-high number of Germans voting for the Free Voters. Overall, more than one million people voted for the party, which means an increase of 1.4 percentage points compared to 2017 and a total vote share of 2.4 per cent in the federal elections.

The Free Voters recorded their best result in Bavaria, taking 7.5% of the vote, 4.8 points more than four years ago. Likewise, the party also celebrated reasonable success in Rhineland-Palatinate with 3.6%, Brandenburg (2.6%), and Saxony (2.3%).

Despite the increase, the Free Voters missed out on entry into the Bundestag as they could not overcome the 5% threshold. Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Federal Chairman of the Free Voters was nevertheless pleased with the gains: "Many thanks to our voters! It would have been good if it had worked this time! Now get into even more state parliaments, strengthen structures, politics for our country!", Aiwanger wrote on Twitter.