Voting in the Dutch parliamentary elections if you live abroad

On 17 March 2021 you will again be able to vote as a Dutch voter abroad during the Dutch parliamentary elections. You can vote by post or with a voter card. You can also authorise someone to vote on your behalf.

Voting in the parliamentary elections

Do you live outside of the Netherlands? And would you like to vote? Then you need to be registered as a Dutch voter abroad. The deadline to register as a voter for the Dutch parliamentary elections on 17 March 2021 has passed. If you register now, you will no longer be able to vote as a Dutch voter abroad. You can however register as a Dutch voter abroad for future elections.

If you are registered as a voter, you will automatically receive all the information and documents you need for every election in order to be able to vote.

Ways of voting

The standard way of voting for Dutch voters abroad is to vote by post. In some countries the mail service is slow or unreliable, for example because of the corona epidemic? Would you rather not vote by post? Then you can decide to vote by proxy or with a voter card.

There are 3 ways of voting:

  • The standard way of voting for Dutch voters abroad is to vote by post. The municipality will send you your postal voting slip on 23 December 2020. This is proof that you are allowed to vote in the upcoming Dutch parliamentary elections. Keep your postal voting slip in a safe place. You will need it later to be able to vote.

    Approximately 4 weeks before the election the municipality will send you the ballot. Normally you receive these documents by email, but you can also receive them by post if you indicated this preference on the registration form. You can vote only when you have received both your postal voting slip and your ballot. You will receive voting instructions together with your ballot.

    Your voting papers must arrive at the postal voting office in The Hague by 15.00 hrs. (CET) on 17 March 2021. You are also allowed to send your voting papers to or hand them in at a Netherlands embassy. In that case the embassy must have received your voting papers by Friday, 5 March 2021.

  • When you vote by proxy you authorise somebody in a Dutch municipality to vote on your behalf. This is called authorising somebody (through a proxy). This person in the Netherlands is required to also cast a vote himself.

    The advantage of authorising somebody to vote on your behalf is that you will not have problems with the mail service.

    The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the Dutch parliamentary elections on 17 March 2021 has passed.

  • A voter card (kiezerspas) is a pass which enables you to cast your vote yourself at a polling station in a Dutch municipality. This can be handy if you live in the border region or if you will be in the Netherlands on election day.

    Your voter card will be sent to the address you provided. You can vote everywhere in the Netherlands with the voter card, also in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

    The deadline to apply for a voter card for the Dutch parliamentary elections on 17 March 2021 has passed.

Keep your address up to date

Are you moving to another address abroad? Notify the municipality through the page Change your address as a Dutch voter abroad.

Temporarily abroad

The deadline has expired to apply for a postal voting slip if you will temporarily be abroad.

Watch the video Manieren om te stemmen (YouTube channel of the municipality)

More information

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

Also see Dutch voters abroad

Published: 18 February 2021Modified: 9 March 2021