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Record number of Dutch voters from abroad

A record number of Dutch citizens residing abroad have registered to vote in the upcoming general elections of 15 March. According to national registration data, around 77.500 persons have registered to vote. 

In the general elections of 2012, less than 50.000 persons registered to vote from abroad. Recently a number of measures have been taken to facilitate voting from abroad. For example, voters abroad can have their ballot sent by email (though voting itself is by regular mail). Voters abroad can also vote at embassies or consulates abroad or receive a mobile voting pass to vote at any polling station in the Netherlands.

Currently voters abroad need to register separately for each election, but it is foreseen that voters in the future will have to register only once.

Read more here (in Dutch), and also see the EUDO CITIZENSHIP Conditions for Electoral Rights 2015 database and the Country Report on Access to Electoral Rights: The Netherlands.

For details of current and past electoral legislation in the Netherlands, check out our country profile pages.