Municipal Elections 2022

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The Municipal Council (Gemeenteraadsverkiezing) elections take place once every 4 years. The next election will be on the 14th, 15th and 16th of March 2022. 

Who can vote?

If you live in the Netherlands but do not have Dutch nationality, you might still be entitled to cast your vote in the upcoming Municipal Council elections. 

The requirements for the Municipal elections are as follows:

  • You are 18 years of age or over

  • You are not barred from voting in your home country or in the Netherlands

  • You are a resident of a Dutch municipality on nomination day

  • You are a citizen of the European Union or;

  • You are a non-EU citizen who has been living in the Netherlands for at least 5 years, and you are in possession of a valid residence permit

Check your voting eligibility with 'CanYouVote'. More information on voting in municipal elections can be found here


How to vote

To vote you must visit one of the many polling stations. For a map of all the polling stations in Leiden, click here.

You must bring the following with you:

  • Valid identification (passport or ID);
  • Your stempas (voting pass). The latest delivery date of the stempas is March 2nd. Check with your municipality if you did not receive one by then. 

For additional information on voting in the Municipal Elections, visit the Leiden municipality’s website.


Voting aid available in English for internationals 

There is a voting aid available in English for internationals living in Leiden. The aid helps you discover which parties suit you best. First you complete a list of statements, then the aid tells you which parties are most compatible with your opinions. 

Use the voting aid here