On 21 March 2018, people living in Amsterdam will have the opportunity to vote for a new City Council. The members of the City Council will select the city’s Alderpersons who, together with the Mayor, form the College. The College of Mayor and Alderpersons governs the city and is accountable to the City Council.
You are able to vote in the city council elections if:
Please note: you will only be able to vote in the city council elections if you are registered in the Municpal Personal Records Database on 5 February 2018.
The elections that will take place on 21 March 2018 are not only for the City Council; residents of Amsterdam are also able to vote for committee members for their city districts. An extension of the College and the Council, each District Committee will select an executive board consisting of three members. In addition to Amsterdam residents who are EU nationals, residents who are nationals of non-EU countries are also allowed to vote if they have legally resided in the Netherlands for a consecutive period of at least three years.*
Read more about the governing bodies of Amsterdam
On 21 March 2018, Dutch citizens will also be able to vote in the advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act (Wiv).This new law was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. Participation in the referendum is only possible for citizens who hold Dutch nationality and are 18 years or older.
* In this instance, legal residence is defined as being registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP) and holding a valid residence permit throughout the stated period.
Amsterdam.nl: An official source of local election information in English including candidates, forms and voting locations.
Dutch News: An English-language news channel covering the election, parties, policies and debates.
StemWijzer Amsterdam: An independent guide to electoral issues. Take the English questionnaire to see which parties and policies align with your views.
Kieskompas: An independent survey to test your political preferences (in Dutch).
Online eligibility test: The City of Amsterdam's checklist for who can vote in the Amsterdam Local Elections.