Dutch voters abroad: Authorise somebody to vote on your behalf

Are you registered as a Dutch voter abroad? And would you like to have somebody in the Netherlands, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba vote on your behalf in the Dutch parliamentary elections? If so, you can authorise somebody through a proxy.

The advantage of authorising somebody to vote on your behalf is that you will not have problems with the mail service. Because of course you want to be sure that your vote arrives on time.

To request a proxy vote you need to be registered as a Dutch voter abroad. A proxy vote is valid for only 1 election. Would you again like to authorise somebody to vote on your behalf in another election? Then you need to apply for a proxy vote again.

You have until 3 February 2021 to request a proxy vote for the Dutch parliamentary elections on 17 March 2021.

Request a proxy vote

  1. Make sure you are registered as a Dutch voter abroad.
  2. Complete the authorisation form and print it out.
    Authorise somebody to vote on your behalf
  3. You (the voter) signs the completed form.
  4. Scan the signed form or take a photo of it.
  5. Send the signed form by email or post to the person who will vote on your behalf. This is the proxy holder. This person must also sign the form.
  6. Either you or the proxy holder can complete the application by uploading the following documents or by sending them by post to the municipality:

    • the completed form with the signature of the voter and the proxy holder.
    • a copy of the identity document of the voter. If you filled in the online authorisation form, you will receive an email with instructions for printing, signing and then uploading the signed form.
  7. The municipality will send the legal proxy to the proxy holder. This person must be able to show a valid identity document at a polling station in a Dutch municipality on the day of the election. The proxy holder is required to also cast a vote himself. One person may vote on behalf of a maximum of 3 other people.

More information

Do you have any questions? Contact the Elections Unit at the Municipality of The Hague.

Watch the video Zo werkt stemmen per volmacht voor kiezers buiten Nederland (YouTube channel of the municipality)
Also see Dutch voters abroad

Published: 19 October 2020Modified: 20 November 2020