The European elections take part in the Netherlands on 23 May 2019. Anyone aged 18 or over can vote. It is also possible to vote by proxy, in another municipality or from abroad, if certain conditions are met.
You do not need to register to vote, as the Dutch authorities do this automatically. You will receive a voting pass at your home address prior to the elections. If you change your home address after 9 April 2019, check out this website.
To authorise another resident of the same municipality to vote, you need to fill in the back of the voting pass, and both you and the authorised person must sign it. You must also give them a copy of your ID. They must present the copy of your ID and their own ID at the polling station. They can only vote on behalf of others while casting their own vote.
To authorise a resident of a different municipality to vote for you, you must submit a written request for a proxy vote at your own municipal office. These forms (model L8) are available in the municipal offices. You and your chosen authorised representative must both sign the form and the representative will receive a certificate of authorisation to vote for you. Please make sure the authorized person signs this form first. This way you are certain you authorize the right person. You must submit this form no later than five days before the election. When the form is approved by your municipal office, you cannot withdraw the request.
The authorized person can only vote by proxy while casting his own vote. He only needs to bring his own identification. A copy of your identification isn´t needed.
In the Netherlands, there is no threshold to be elected to the European Parliament. Political parties do need to receive a sufficient percentage of votes for one seat. There will be 29 Members of the European Parliament from the Netherlands elected. Thus each political party will need to get at least 3.44% of the votes to secure one seat in Parliament.
All polling stations should be accessible for voters with a disability. Sometimes this means a voter is allowed to get help while casting his vote. You can find more information on this Dutch website.