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Voting in the Netherlands if you live abroad

If you live abroad but are in the Netherlands on the day of the elections for the Dutch House of Representatives or the European Parliament, you can vote at a polling station in the Netherlands. To do this you must apply to the Municipality of The Hague for a voter’s pass.

Attention: You can apply for a voter’s pass up to about 6 weeks before the elections.

Apply to the Municipality of The Hague for a voter's pass

You can apply to the municipality of The Hague for a voter’s pass. Do this by filling in the form on the municipality’s website.  

Attention: A voter's pass can be used once only. So for future elections you will need to reapply for a pass if you again wish to vote while in the Netherlands.

Registering as a Dutch voter abroad

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

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

Voting at a polling station in the Netherlands

Your voter's pass allows you to vote at any polling station in the Netherlands, including on the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

You must take the following documents with you:

  • your voter's pass
  • your valid Dutch identity document. This can be a Dutch passport or a Dutch ID card. Or an identity card from Bonaire, St Eustatius or Saba. Or an identity card from Aruba, Curaçao or St Maarten stating that you have Dutch nationality.

If you are not in the Netherlands at the time of an election

If you are not in the Netherlands at the time of the elections for the Dutch House of Representatives or the European Parliament, you can vote by post or by proxy.

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

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