You can vote! Your voice counts in Enschede!

On March 14, 15 and 16 City Council elections will be held.

You don’t have to be a Dutch citizen to vote

  • If you are EU citizen living in Enschede, you can vote.
  • If you are non-EU national living in the Netherlands legally for at least 5 years, you can vote.
  • If you are under 18, you will need to wait. We are working on voting rights for people over 16 years old.

Beeld: Jeroen Mooijman

How do I vote?

  • If you are eligible to vote, you will receive by mail your voting ticket and a sample of the ballot, at least 14 days before the election. The voting ticket is called stempas. The ballot looks like the actual ballot and will include the names of all parties and candidates.
  • On your voting ticket, the nearest polling station is indicated. But you can go to any polling station in the city.
  • You need to take your passport/identity card/residence permit and the voting ticket with you. For EU citizens, a driving license is also accepted.

What to do if I did not get a ticket or I lost it?

  • You can go to the City Office (Stadskantoor) to obtain a replacement, on March 11 at the latest.

What if I’m not in town on March 14, 15, 16?

  • You can authorize someone to vote on your behalf (voting by proxy).
  • Instructions for authorization are to be found on the back of the voting ticket.
  • A person can vote for a maximum of two people with such an authorization.

About D66

D66 (Democrats 1966) is a Dutch progressive liberal party that strives towards a society with freedom for everyone, but nobody left behind.

D66 positions itself between the progressive parties on the left and the conservative liberal parties on the right. As a social liberal party, D66 believes that freedom is the most important condition for happiness, but that freedom by no means comes naturally.

As a society, we must ensure that if you go to school and work hard, you get an honest shot at good work, your own house, and a beautiful future; regardless of your place of birth, what neighbourhood you went to school in, or the profession of your parents. We believe in a government that provides liberty and support to those in need.

D66 in Enschede

Chosen in direct municipal elections every four years, D66 maintains a solid representation in the Enschede city council (5 councillors) and city executive board (1 alderwoman) as the second largest party. As such, D66 has a real impact on the direction of our city’s growth. The city council has a mandate of many issues of immediate, day-to-day relevance like social security, infrastructure and housing.