Voting in gemeenteraadsverkiezingen (municipal elections)

Dutch and other EU citizens are allowed to vote in gemeenteraadsverkiezingen (municipal elections). Non-EU citizens are also allowed to vote, provided that they meet the requirements. These elections take place every 4 years. 

Last updated 7 April 2022

Who can vote in gemeenteraadsverkiezingen?

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.  
  • You must be a resident of a municipality. 
  • You must not be excluded from voting (in Dutch).
  • You must have the Dutch nationality or the nationality of an EU Member State.

Residents without EU citizenship are eligible to vote if they have resided legally and continuously in the Netherlands for 5 years or more on the day of candidacy. (31 January 2022).

The Kiesraad (Electoral Council) provides more information about the eligibility requirements for voting in municipal elections.

Voting in gemeenteraadsverkiezingen

Bear the following things in mind when voting: 

At least 14 days before the election: 

A stempas (polling card) in Dutch will be sent to you at your home address. You must take the stempas, together with proof of your identity (link in Dutch), to the stembureau (polling station).  

At least 4 days before the election: 

You will receive the list of candidates, including the addresses of the polling stations.  

Proxy voting: 

If you are unable to vote in person, for example because you have to work or are on holiday, you can authorise another voter to cast your vote on your behalf (in Dutch).

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

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