Netherlands Worldwide

How do I vote from abroad?

If you live outside the Netherlands, you can vote by post. In elections for the House of Representatives or the European Parliament you can also vote by proxy or at a polling station in a Dutch municipality. You must first register as a Dutch voter abroad.

Voting by post

Dutch nationals living abroad generally vote by post. You must send your ballot paper together with your postal vote certificate and a photocopy of your valid Dutch passport or identity card to the postal vote polling station in The Hague. Alternatively, you can post or hand deliver your postal vote to a Dutch embassy or consulate-general.

Find out more about voting by post or how to hand deliver your vote at the embassy or consulate-general

Voting by proxy

If the postal service in the country where you live is slow or unreliable, it may be a good idea to vote by proxy. This means you authorise someone in the Netherlands to vote on your behalf. It is possible to vote by proxy in elections for the House of Representatives and the European Parliament. You must apply for authorisation to vote by proxy from the municipality of The Hague for each election.

Find out more about voting by proxy

Voting in the Netherlands

If you are in the Netherlands at the time of the elections for the House of Representatives or the European Parliament, you can vote at a polling station in a Dutch municipality. To do this you must apply for a voter’s pass from the municipality of The Hague for each election.

Find out more about voting in the Netherlands

Temporarily abroad at the time of an election

If you are registered with a Dutch municipality but are temporarily abroad at the time of an election – for work, to study or on holiday for instance – you can still vote.

Find out how to vote if you're temporarily abroad

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