When Can I Vote as an Expat?

If you live in the Netherlands but do not have Dutch nationality, you are still entitled to cast your vote on some of the major elections. Elections for the Provincial Council (Provinciale Staten) and the House of Representatives (Eerste Kamer) are only available to Dutch nationals. The elections that you are entitled to vote for are listed below. Please note that the requirements for each election differ slightly.

The Municipal Council (Gemeenteraadsverkiezing) elections take place once every 4 years. The last one was held on the 21st of March 2018, and the next election will be on the 16th of March 2022. The requirements for the Municipal elections are as follows;

  • You are 18 years of age or over
  • You are not barred from voting in your home country or in the Netherlands
  • You are a resident of a Dutch municipality on nomination day
  • You are a citizen of the European Union or;
  • You are a non-EU citizen who has been living in the Netherlands for at least 5 years, and you are in possession of a valid residence permit

The European Parliament is elected every 5 years. Elections do not take place on the same day in all of the European member states. The last election in the Netherlands was held on the 22nd of May 2014, and the next election will be on the 23rd of May 2019. The requirements for the European Parliamentary elections are as follows;

  • You are 18 years of age or over
  • You are not barred from voting in your home country or in the Netherlands
  • You are a citizen of the European Union
  • You have to register with a Y-32 form (available at your local municipality)

Every 4 years the District Water Board elections (Waterschappen) are being held. The election date coincides with the provincial government elections, the last one being held on the 18th of March 2015 and the next one coming up on the 20th of March 2019. The requirements for the water board elections are as follows;

  • You are 18 years of age or over
  • You are not barred from voting in your home country or in the Netherlands
  • You are legally residing in the Netherlands and are in possession of a permanent residence card

[Source: Promedos]

Where Can I Vote in the Leiden Region?

Polling stations are set up per voting district, and there are about 10.000 of them located throughout the entire country. In general, polling stations are open from 07.30 in the morning until 21.00 in the evening. There are some exceptions to this rule, for up to date information always check with your local polling station.

If you’re living in LeidenLeiderdorp or Zoeterwoude please follow the link to find a digital map with polling stations.

Voters living in KatwijkRijnsburg or Valkenburg can follow the link to the official Katwijk region polling station locations.

If you live in Oegstgeest or Voorschoten, you can find the links to your nearest polling stations by selecting your respective town.

Voters in VoorhoutSassenheim and Warmond can visit this website to find their nearest polling station.

You can always refer to this website and type in and select your municipality or town to find a polling station near you.