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Voting in municipal elections in the Netherlands

Citizens of the Netherlands and citizens of other European Union (EU) Member States are allowed to vote in municipal elections (gemeenteraadsverkiezingen) in the Netherlands. Non-EU citizens are also allowed to vote, provided that they meet the requirements. These elections take place every 4 years.

This is how it works for you

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Here is some information from your municipality.

Voting in municipal elections

Proxy voting

Do you want to ask someone to vote for you? If so, you can authorise someone. You can do this using:

  • your stempas (polling card);
  • a machtigingsformulier (proxy form).

Authorising someone using your polling card

To authorise someone to vote on your behalf using your polling card:

1.    Fill in the back of your polling card. Do this together with the person you want to authorise to vote on your behalf, so that you can be sure that you are authorising the right person.

2.    Give your proxy voter your polling card and a copy of your identity document. The identity document may not be more than 5 years old.

3.    The proxy voter must show the copy of your identification at the polling station. The proxy voter must also show their own identification .

The proxy voter can only cast your vote at the same time as their own vote. A proxy voter can vote for a maximum of 2 other persons.

Authorise someone using a proxy form

You can also use a proxy form to authorise another voter to vote for you. This is referred to as a written proxy. You can obtain a form for this purpose from your municipality a few weeks before the elections.

To authorise someone to vote on your behalf using a proxy form:

1.    The form must be filled in by you and the person who is going to vote for you (the proxy) – first the person you want to authorise, then yourself. This way you can be sure that you are authorising the right person.

2.    You must hand in the form at your municipality.

3.    The proxy voter will receive a volmachtbewijs (proxy certificate) enabling them to vote on your behalf. Once the municipality has approved the proxy certificate, it cannot be withdrawn.

4.    The proxy voter must take the written proxy certificate with them to the polling station. You do not need to provide them with a copy of your identification . The proxy voter can only cast your vote at the same time as their own vote.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Ameland

Last updated on 23 September 2022