Non-Dutch nationals can vote at the local level in the municipal and water board elections. Without Dutch citizenship, however, it is not possible to take part in other elections. However, executing the right to vote, as minor and regional the election might appear, should go without saying. After all, participation is key to a vibrant and unique community.
Municipal Council Elections
The municipality is the level of government that is closest to the people. The council sets the agenda such as job creation, improved public transport etc. and the municipal executive then carries out the priorities of the council. The municipality plays an important role in shaping the city.
One example is the purchase of the MECC this year and the promise of €15 million investment over the coming years. If there are other areas you would like to see improved in Maastricht, make your vote count at the next elections.
The Water Board Elections
Water management is something particularly relevant in the Netherlands, a country renowned for its canals. The Water Boards perform the water management on behalf of their citizens, making sure there are proper dikes securing the waterways and that waste water is correctly purified etc. Different parties will prioritize different approaches, so make sure you vote carefully.
To vote you must be:
- 18 years of age or over
- A Resident of the Maastricht municipality/Water Board territory on nomination day.
- A Dutch/EU citizen
- If you are not an EU citizen, you must have been living in the Netherlands for at least 5 years.
If you are eligible to vote in these elections, the Maastricht municipality and the water board will send you your voting card in the post prior to the election date. You need to bring this voting card, along with valid ID to the polling stations.