How does voting in a polling station (stembureau) work?
When you enter the polling station (stembureau), you will be met by 3 or 4 people sitting behind a table. They are the polling station members. You hand them your poll card (stempas) and a valid identification document. They will check your name against a list of excluded persons. After this (quick) check you will receive your voting pass which is a large paper document folded together. You will then be able to enter a voting booth where you can unfold the voting pass.
In the voting booth there will be a red pencil that should be used to select the candidate of your choice. You cannot vote solely for a party; you must vote for a specific candidate within the party. If you have no particular preference you can simply vote for the first candidate listed within a party. You vote for a candidate by coloring in the open circle that will be displayed in front of the candidate’s name. After this you should fold the document back to its original shape (more or less) and proceed towards the ballot box, outside the voting booth, into which your folded voting pass should be placed. You are now done and can leave the polling station.
- You may only enter a voting booth one person at a time. The only exception is if you are with your children, they can go into the voting booth with you.
- You may only select one candidate by marking the circle in front of their name. If you mark multiple candidates then your vote becomes invalid. Anything else done with the voting pass, apart from marking one candidate, will render the vote invalid.