Netherlands Worldwide

Voting by proxy from abroad

If you live abroad you can arrange for someone in the Netherlands to vote on your behalf. This is possible for elections for the Dutch House of Representatives and the European Parliament. To do this you must apply for authorisation to vote by proxy. You may choose this option if, for example, the postal service in the country where you live is slow or unreliable.

Attention: You can apply for authorisation to vote by proxy up to 6 weeks before the elections.

Applying for authorisation via the Municipality of The Hague

You can apply to the Municipality of The Hague for authorisation to vote by proxy. Do this by filling in the form on the municipality’s website.

Attention: An authorisation to vote by proxy can be used once only. So for future elections you will need to reapply for authorisation if you again wish to have someone vote on your behalf.

Other ways to vote

You can also vote from abroad by post. If you are in the Netherlands at the time of the elections for the Dutch House of Representatives or the European Parliament, you can vote in a Dutch municipality.

Attention: It is not possible to vote by proxy or at a polling station in the Netherlands in elections for the non-residents electoral college for the Senate. In these elections you can only vote by post.

Registering as a Dutch voter abroad

In order to vote from abroad you must register as a Dutch voter abroad.

Read more about registering as a Dutch voter outside the Netherlands.

Attention: If you are only abroad temporarily, for example for a holiday, to study or for an internship, you must vote in a different way. Find out how to vote.

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