Netherlands Worldwide

Which elections can I vote in while abroad?

If you live abroad, you can vote in elections for the Dutch House of Representatives and the European Parliament, as well as elections for the non-residents electoral college for the Senate. You cannot vote in Dutch water authority, provincial council or municipal council elections.

If you are abroad temporarily, for example for work, to study or for a holiday, you can vote if you are still registered with a Dutch municipality. This applies to all elections, with the exception of the electoral college election.

I live abroad

You can vote if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a valid Dutch identity document. This may be a Dutch passport or a Dutch ID card. Or an identity card from Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba. Or an identity card from Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten stating that you have Dutch nationality.
  • You are aged 18 or over.
  • You live abroad and are no longer registered with a Dutch municipality.
  • You are registered as voter abroad. Check whether you are registered as a voter outside the Netherlands.

Find out how to vote if you live abroad

I am abroad temporarily

You can vote if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are aged 18 or over.
  • You have Dutch nationality.
  • You live in a Dutch municipality.
  • You have not been disqualified from voting.
Attention: If you want to vote in municipal elections, you might be able to do so even if you do not have Dutch nationality but do live in the Netherlands. Check whether you can vote.

Find out how to vote if you are abroad temporarily

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