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.
Election day – November 21st 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.
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.
Student & Stad
Student & Stad is a local political party in Groningen, founded in 1993, Student & Stad is entirely run by students, currently represented with two seats in the city council. The party is run by students, most of them studying at the University of Groningen or Hanze University of Applied Sciences. It is a party for all inhabitants of Groningen working on all issues emerging in the municipality. Part of its 2018 election points is to give international inhabitants of Groningen a voice too! More information on Student & Stad can be found on its English website.