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Make your voice heard in national elections
Published at: 11/10/2023, 3:35 PM

People without Dutch citizenship may also vote at the alternative polling station. They cannot officially vote in the national elections. Therefore, a number of organisations are organising alternative elections. Read here how to participate.

This is how elections work in the Netherlands

House of Representatives elections will be held in the Netherlands oOn 22 November. During these elections, Dutch people will choose their elected representatives who together will govern the Netherlands. Only people who are over 18 and have a Dutch passport are allowed to vote in these elections.

If you have applied for asylum in the Netherlands or your asylum has been rejected, you are not allowed to participate in the elections. You are not allowed to vote even if you have an asylum residence permit. This means that you have no official influence on the rules in the Netherlands that affect your life and future.

You can make your voice heard at the alternative polling station

That is why Here to Support and

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Stichting ROS
are organising special elections called "Your vote, my choice". In different places in the Netherlands you can share your political opinion at the alternative voting station. Here you can write down your ideas and solutions for the Netherlands on special ballots.

These completed ballots will be distributed on 21 and 22 November to people who are officially allowed to vote. So they can base their vote for a political party on your ideas. And so they can include your opinion in their official vote for election.

After the election, your opinion will be shared with the new representatives of the people

After the election, the ballots from the alternative polling station are also shared with the new representatives of the people of the Netherlands. This way they still hear your opinion even though you were not officially allowed to vote.

You can vote at these locations

You can get in on the action at these locations:

Here to Support in Amsterdam

Dates: Wednesday, 15 November and Thursday, 16 November Times: 15 November from 13:00 to 20:00 and 16 November from 13:00 to 17:00 Address: Afrikanerplein 1, Amsterdam For: Everyone who lives in the Netherlands, but is not allowed to participate in the official elections on 22 November.

Wereldhuis in The Hague

Date: 15 November Time: 17:30 to 20:30

Address: Hooftskade 87, The Hague For: People whose asylum applications have been rejected or who are living in the Netherlands but have not applied for an asylum permit.

Vluchtelingen in de Knel in Eindhoven

Date: 10 to 16 November Address: Hoogstraat 301B, Eindhoven

For: People whose asylum applications have been rejected or who are living in the Netherlands but have not applied for an asylum permit.

Stichting GAST in Nijmegen

Date: 13 to 17 November Address: Tweede Walstraat 19, Nijmegen

For: People whose asylum applications have been rejected or who are living in the Netherlands but have not applied for an asylum permit.