Who can vote?

Who can vote?

If you are an EU citizen, registered here, you can vote. If you are from further afield and have lived here (and are registered) for five years, you can vote too.

On 14, 15 and 16 March elections will be held for the City Council. You will be able to choose the members of the City Council. The City Council determines the general policies of the City of Amsterdam.

How to vote?

A stempas (polling card) in Dutch will be sent to you at your home address 14 days before the elections. You must take the polling card, together with proof of your identity, to the stembureau (polling station).

  • People from any EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway can use their passport, identity card or driving licence as a proof of identity. For people from Switzerland, a driving licence is not a valid proof of identity.

  • People from other countries can only use a valid residence permit as proof of identity.

  • You can use a proof of identity that expired a maximum of 5 years ago. The date on your proof of identity may be 17 March 2017 or any date after that.

At least 4 days before the election you will receive the list of candidates, including the addresses of the polling stations. You can find the nearest polling station on your voting pass. Polling stations are open from 7:30 in the morning until 21:00 in the evening.

Are you unable to vote on 14, 15 or 16 March?

Then you can authorise another voter to vote on your behalf. You can find more information about that over here.

The City and government have a page in English explaining the details. You can find it on the website of the City of Amsterdam or the Dutch government.

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