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Provincial Council and Water Board elections 2019


On Wednesday 20 March 2019, you will be able to vote to elect members of the Provincial Council and the Water Board management. Voting passes will be sent in early March.

What to bring

What must you bring to the polling station?

  • Your voting pass (or passes)
  • A valid passport, ID card or driver’s licence. Your proof of ID may not be more than 5 years out-of-date (the expiry date must not be before 21 March 2014).

If you are not Dutch

  • You can only vote in the Water Board elections.
  • If you do not come from an EU country or Switzerland, you must bring a valid residence document with you. This may not have expired.

ID lost or stolen?

If you lose your ID, or if it is stolen, the polling station may verify your identity based on a photocopy of the lost item police report in combination with a document stating your name and photograph (such as a travel pass or library card).

No ID?

If you have no ID, you can authorize someone to cast a vote on your behalf. Go to: Authorizing someone to vote on your behalf.

When and where you can vote

When

  • Polling stations will be open on Wednesday 20 March from 7.30 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Exception: the polling station at the main station on Stationsplein will be open from 6.30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Where

Digital map of polling stations

  • The overview of 150 polling stations (PDF 130 kB) is also shown on the reverse side of the list of candidates that will be delivered to every home address on 8 March.
  • You may vote in any polling station in the municipality of Groningen.
  • Your nearest polling station is indicated on your voting pass.
  • You can vote for the Provincial Council and the Water Board management at the same polling station.

If you are unable to cast your own vote, you can authorize someone to vote on your behalf. If you want to vote outside your municipality but in the province of Groningen, ask for a voter’s card authorizing a voter to vote elsewhere.

Who you can vote for (Central Voting Office)

At 4 p.m. on Friday 8 February, the Central Voting Office approved the validity of the list of candidates, the appearance of their names on the list and the references to political parties shown above the lists of candidates. The valid lists of candidates were then numbered.

Provincial Council

Water Boards

The Municipality of Groningen lies within the jurisdiction of two water boards. Depending on your address, you may vote for the Hunze en Aa’s or the Noorderzijlvest Water Board management. Your voting pass will show which Water Board you are eligible to vote for.

Who is allowed to vote

If you have Dutch nationality, you may vote in both of the elections. If you do not have Dutch nationality, you can only vote in the Water Board election.
You will be sent your voting passes at least 2 weeks before the elections, if you:

  • were registered in the Municipal Database at an address in Groningen on 4 February 2019;
  • will be 18 years of age or older on 20 March 2019;
  • have not been excluded from voting; and
  • you have Dutch nationality.

What to do if you lose or do not receive your voting pass

You will receive your voting pass in early March. If you have not received a voting pass, or if you have lost your voting pass, you can request a new one. The Municipality must have received your written request by Friday 15 March 2019 at the latest, as your voting pass will be sent to you by post. Please be aware that if you submit your request after this date, the Municipality cannot guarantee that you will receive your replacement voting pass on time!

You can download the forms here:

You can request a new voting pass in person until 12 noon on Tuesday 19 March. Please come to the public desk at the main office of the Municipality.

Authorizing someone to vote on your behalf

If you are unable to vote on Wednesday 20 March 2019, you can authorize someone to vote on your behalf.

Authorizing a voter from the Municipality of Groningen

In the case of the Water Board elections, the postal code of the person you wish to authorize must be within the jurisdiction of the Water Board concerned.

Authorization on voting pass

  • Complete the authorization form on the reverse side of your voting pass.
  • Give the person you have authorized to vote on your behalf a copy of your proof of ID.
  • The expiry date on your passport, ID card or driver's licence must not be before 21 March 2014.

Requesting written authorization

Use the application form below. Both you and the person you authorize must sign the request form. This written request must reach the Municipality by Friday 15 March at the latest! Postal and email addresses are shown on the form.

Authorizing a voter from another municipality

  • In the case of the Provincial Council election, the municipality must be within the Province of Groningen.
  • In the case of the Water Board elections, the postal code must be within the jurisdiction of the Water Board concerned.

Use the application form below. Both you and the person you authorize must sign the request form. This written request must reach the Municipality by Friday 15 March at the latest!

Voting in another municipality

  • In the case of the Provincial Council election, the municipality must be within the Province of Groningen.
  • In the case of the Water Board elections, the postal code must be within the jurisdiction of the Water Board concerned.

Requesting a voter’s card that authorizes a voter to vote elsewhere at a desk

You may request a voter’s card authorizing a voter to vote elsewhere in person at one of the Civil Affairs desks until 12 noon on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

Requesting a voter’s card that authorizes a voter to vote elsewhere in writing

The written request must reach the Municipality by Friday 15 March at the latest. Postal and email addresses are shown on the form.

You can download the forms here.

Which municipality falls under which Water Board?

The websites of the various municipalities give more information about local polling stations.

Postcode

You can also use your postal code or address to see which Water Board you fall under.