Voting Rights

Voting in Groningen
To be eligible to vote in all elections in the Netherlands you must have a Dutch citizenship. However, municipal elections are open to the local expatriate community, as are EU elections for expats with EU citizenship. On the other hand, expats in the Netherlands are not eligible to vote for either Parliamentary or Provincial elections.

Municipal elections
In every country, the voting procedures are different. In the Netherlands, immigrants can vote for the Municipal elections despite having another nationality. The municipality elections are called Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen. Every EU citizen over the age of 18, legally registered at an address in the municipality of Groningen gets mailed envelope with a voting pass. You will need to bring the voting pass and your ID on the day of the elections at the closest polling station to your house. Non-EU citizens must have lived in the Netherlands uninterrupted for the last 5 years in order to receive the voting pass. At the voting pass will be written the closest location of the polling station.

National and EU elections
Only Dutch people can vote for their national election selection. Normally, each country has a different voting procedure for citizens living abroad and voting for national elections. Some citizens from other countries might receive a bulletin in advance, before the day of the national election, and others might vote electronically. The most common way to vote for your national and EU elections is to go to the embassy of your country. Some major nationality groups have opened an election polling station in Groningen (such as Bulgarians). For the European Parliament, EU citizens are eligible to vote either in their country of origin (local candidates) or in the Netherlands (Dutch candidates).

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