Voting in the European Parliament elections for Dutch voters abroad

On 23 May 2019 you will again be able to vote as a Dutch voter abroad. You will cast your vote during the European Parliament elections. You can vote using a postal voting slip or a voter card. You can also authorise someone to vote on your behalf.

Read more about voting by postal slip (in Dutch).

The deadline to register to vote in the European Parliament elections on 23 May 2019 has passed. You can still, however, register as a Dutch voter abroad. If you register now, you will not be able to vote as a Dutch voter abroad in the European Parliament elections on 23 May.

About the European Parliament elections

The European Parliament elections take place on 23 May 2019. These elections are held once every 5 years. During the European Parliament elections citizens of the European Union member states who have the right to vote choose the members of the European Parliament. If you are a Dutch citizen living in another EU member state, you can decide to:

  • Vote for Dutch members as a Dutch voter abroad. You will not be allowed to cast your vote for a candidate in the country in which you reside.

or

  • Vote for members from the country in which you reside. You need to indicate in your own member state that you would like to vote for a candidate from that country. You will then not be allowed to cast your vote in the Netherlands.

Register as a voter outside the Netherlands

To be able to vote for the Netherlands when you live abroad, you must register permanently as a Dutch voter abroad. For every election, you will receive the documents you need in order to vote by post.

Did you already register as a Dutch voter abroad? And did you tick the box for the European Parliament elections? Then there is nothing more you need to do. You will automatically receive the documents by post.

  • Around 28 February 2019 the Elections Unit will send you your postal voting slip, the return envelopes and an instruction folder.
  • Approximately 4 weeks before the elections the Elections Unit will send the ballot and list of candidates either by post or by email (depending on what you indicated yourself).
Are you not yet registered as a Dutch voter abroad? In order to be able to vote in the European Parliament elections, you needed to register by 11 April 2019.

Voting with a postal voting slip

Are you registered as a voter outside the Netherlands? If so, you will automatically be registered to vote by post using a postal voting slip (this is a voting pass for Dutch voters abroad). Send the postal voting slip together with the completed ballot and a copy of your identity document to 1 of the postal polling stations. These are special polling stations for Dutch voters abroad. To be able to vote in the European Parliament elections, your Dutch identity document must be valid on 9 April 2019.

Keep in mind slow or less reliable postal delivery

Have you decided to vote by post? Keep in mind that it takes time to send something back and forth by post. Are you in a country in which the postal service is slow or less reliable? Then it is advisable to have someone vote on your behalf. You can authorise someone to do so. Because of course you would like to be certain that your vote arrives in time.

Voting in the Netherlands yourself or by proxy

For the European Parliament elections on 23 May 2019 you can also vote yourself using a voter card in the Netherlands or you can authorise somebody to vote on your behalf.

A voter card (kiezerspas) is a pass which enables you to cast your vote yourself at a polling station in the Netherlands. If you decide to vote by proxy, the person you have authorised to vote on your behalf will receive a proxy voting pass. He or she can use this to vote in a polling station in the Netherlands. The municipality must have received your choice to vote by voter card or proxy by 11 April 2019.

Keep your address up to date

Are you moving to another address abroad? Notify the Municipality of The Hague. A change of address can be processed until 21 March 2019 for the European Parliament elections on 23 May 2019.
Read how you can change your address as a Dutch voter abroad.

Temporarily abroad

Will you be abroad temporarily on 23 May 2019 during the European Parliament elections? For example for your work, studies or holiday? And are you registered in a Dutch municipality or in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba? Vote by proxy or by post.

More information

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

Watch the video Stemmen vanuit het buitenland (YouTube channel of the municipality)
Also see Dutch voters abroad

Published: 29 March 2019Modified: 25 April 2019