It’s the 2019 European Elections today: Don’t forget to cast your vote! Here are a few pointers

That’s right, the day is here and it’s time to cast your vote. Here’s just a really quick lowdown of what these elections are about and all about voting in the Netherlands. If you want a more extensive article, check this out too!

The EU elections 2019: What are they all about?

Some people like to distance themselves as much as possible from the EU elections – one of these reasons is that they just don’t understand what they’re about. It’s true, they don’t get as much explanation and encouragement like a general election, but they are just as important.

This election gives you the opinion to decide who you want to represent the Netherlands in the EU parliament. Every country decides its MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and they will help to make big decisions about the future of the EU and its member states. This could be financial, environmental, trade and more.

How do I vote in the Netherlands?

Life.

If this is your first time voting in the Netherlands, then don’t fret, it’s not difficult. First of all, you should have got a piece of paper through your door – here it should have your name and address and your nearest polling station. If you didn’t register to vote, then I’m sorry, it’s too late now!

Take your voting card and a valid form of ID (EU ID or Dutch ID) and take it to the desk. Here they will check your ID, tick you off the list and hand you your voting card. (Pssst, if you’re using a valid British passport and they refuse you, you need to explain the situation or report them. I was refused a vote last time because they weren’t trained properly – we are still in the EU!)

Take yourself into a booth, cast your eyes over how huge the voting cards are here and somehow try to find what you’re looking for, vote and then place your card in the box. Done!

Many voting stations open early in the morning (around 7) and close at around 9pm – don’t forget to check as every place is different. If you’re still unsure of who to vote for, click here. See you there!

Will you be voting? Let us know in the comments!

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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