How do you vote in the Municipal elections?
Obtaining a voting pass
If you are eligible to vote, then your name will appear on the voter registry of your Municipality and you will automatically receive your voting pass before the elections. In the Netherlands, all votes are cast on paper or electronic voting boots that are found in special polling stations.
Election day – 21st of march 2018
To be able to vote, you need to visit a polling station. In order to prove that you are eligible to vote, you have to bring the following:
- Your voting pass
- A proof of identity, such as a passport. This document may be expired a maximum of 5 years (valid until 22 March 2012 or later).
Vote by proxy
In the Netherlands, politicians are often organized in different parties. Each of these parties has it’s own general viewpoint on policy that should be implemented into their own municipality in the following four years. These viewpoints are often summarized into so called election programs. Although many parties coordinate on a national level, there are also local parties that are focused on the specific needs of municipalities.
STIP, Students of Technology In Politics, is a local political party in Delft. Founded in 1993, STIP is entirely run by students with four seats in the city council. Although the party is run by students, most of them studying at Delft University of Technology, it is refrains from being a one-issue party. It is a party for all inhabitants of Delft and gives “a young view at an old city”. Part of it’s 2018 election points is to give international inhabitants of Delft a voice too! More information on STIP can be found on it’s English website.