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All EU-citizens over 18 living in the Netherlands and anyone else over 18 that has been living in the Netherlands for five years or more, is eligible to vote in the local elections of March 21st 2018.
You don’t have to register as a voter in the Netherlands. When you are living here, you’re required to register as a resident within your municipality Nieuwegein. You have done so when you moved to the Netherlands.
When you are registered as a resident in the Netherlands, you will automatically receive a so-called ‘voting pass’ (stempas) at your home, no less than two weeks before the elections on March 21st. You can go to any polling place within your municipality with that voting pass and a valid photo-ID – a passport, a European ID card or a Dutch driver’s licence – and vote.
Voting is not a very time-consuming process in the Netherlands. Most often, you’re in and out of the polling place in less than ten minutes. You can always ask for instructions on the voting process form the volunteers at your polling place. There are polling places at City Hall, at most primary schools and at many other locations within Nieuwegien. For a complete list of all polling places, see: nieuwegein.nl/verkiezingen/stembureaus. You cannot cast your ballot at polling places in another municipalities than the one you live in, Nieuwegein.
Municipalities are responsible for many aspects of public life. They finance the construction and renovation of schools, they plan and maintain all public spaces like parks and roads, they subsidize many organizations in fields like sports and culture, they provide affordable housing and they are responsible for most aspects of youth- and healthcare. Municipalities also collect their own taxes – like property taxes and parking- and waste charges – and set their own tax rates. Because local government influences daily life of residents greatly, expats are eligible to vote in local elections.
As liberal democrats, thinking and acting internationally is in our blood. D66 believes that everyone who lives here is a great addition and benefit to Nieuwegein socially and economically.
D66 firmly believes that the people who live here, knows best how to make it an even greater place to live. Citizens of Nieuwegein make their city. That is why initiatives in the city are given scope. Such as Geinbeat, Candlelight in Vreeswijk, Buurtcamping and more.
We go for a healthy Nieuwegein. Where your home uses little energy. And we work on diverse and qualitatively green.
Education offers young and old the chance to develop talent. To take a step towards a new future. So you can be who you want to be.