Who can vote?
All EU citizens are able to vote in the 2019 European Parliament election provided you are 18 years or older on election day on 23 May 2019. However, you can only vote in the Netherlands if you are registered to do so. If you are Dutch, this is automatic if you are registered in the Personal Records Database. If you are from another EU country and you have chosen not to participate in the election in the Netherlands, you can register to participate in the European Parliament election taking place in your home nation – you cannot vote in both the Netherlands and your home nation. The electoral register for this European Parliament election in the Netherlands closed on 9 April 2019.
If you are eligible to participate in the 2019 European Parliament election in the Netherlands, you will receive your polling card between 2 May and 9 May. If you do not receive your polling card, or if you lose it before election day, please contact your local municipality to request a replacement.
How Brexit impacts your vote
Due to the current Brexit extension, British citizens are eligible to participate in the election in the Netherlands provided they registered to do so by 9 April 2019 – if British citizens participated in the previous European Parliament election in the Netherlands and remained registered in the Personal Records Database since then, it was not necessary to re-register.
How do you vote?
If you intend to vote in person, you must take your polling card and an official form of photographic ID to a polling station, such as:
- residence permit;
- driving licence.
It is normal to vote at your local polling station, marked on your polling card, however you can vote anywhere within the municipality in which you live. If you intend to vote outside your own municipality, you should request a kiezerspas (voter’s card), which you can apply for in writing or in person by visiting a City Office. Most polling stations are open from 07:30 until 21:00 but some opening times may vary slightly.
Prior to the election, you will receive a candidate list (also published online by your local municipality). This candidate list matches the ballot paper you will receive at the polling station once your polling card and ID have been checked. Simply choose the party/candidate that you wish to vote for and post your ballot paper in the ballot box.
If you are in the Netherlands but cannot vote in person on election day, you can authorise someone else to place your vote by proxy (most commonly by filling in the proxy form on the back of your polling card). Or if you will be out of the country temporarily, you can request a postal vote.
Your local municipality
The date when polling cards are sent out varies depending on where you live. If you have to request a new polling card, arrange written authorisation for a proxy vote, or request a voter’s card, you should contact the municipality in which you live.
If you live in Amsterdam, stay up-to-date with the latest information about the European Parliament election by visiting the City of Amsterdam's website (www.amsterdam.nl).