On March 21st 2018 the citizens of Enschede can vote for their city council. D66 is a nationally active social-liberal party that also participates in local elections.
Who can vote?
All EU-citizens over 18 living in the Netherlands and anyone else over 18 that has been living in the Netherlands for five years or more, is eligible to vote in the local elections of March 21st 2018. You don’t have to register as a voter in the Netherlands. When you are living here, you’re required to register as a resident within your municipality (gemeente). You have done so when you moved to the Netherlands.
How and when can you vote?
When you are registered as a resident in the Netherlands, you will automatically receive a so-called ‘voting pass’ (stempas) at your home, no less than two weeks before the elections on March 21st. You can go to any polling place within your municipality with that voting pass and a valid photo-ID – a passport, a European ID card or a Dutch driver’s license – and vote. If you think that your are eligible and did not get a pass, please contact the municipality office.
Voting is not a very time-consuming process in the Netherlands. Most often, you’re in and out of the polling place in less than ten minutes. You can always ask for instructions on the voting process form the volunteers at your polling place. There are polling stations all over town, for example at city hall, the municipal office, Saxion or at the Bastille building on the university campus. For a complete list of all polling places, see this page. You can cast your ballot at all polling places in Enschede, not in other municipalities.
In the Netherlands, municipal government has more say compared to many other countries. Municipalities are responsible for many aspects of public life. They finance the construction and renovation of schools, they plan and maintain all public spaces like parks and roads, they subsidize many organizations in fields like sports and culture, they provide affordable housing and they are responsible for most aspects of youth- and healthcare. Municipalities also collect their own taxes – like property taxes and parking- and waste charges – and set their own tax rates. Because local government influences daily life of residents greatly, all residents are eligible to vote in local elections.
Why vote for D66?
A vote for D66 is a vote for a welcoming, innovative and strong Enschede, the gateway to Europe!
D66 in the municipal Council now
At the moment, D66 is a member of the ruling coalition, as the largest party in the Municipal Council with 7 members (out of 39) and one alderman.
Enschede is a gateway to Europe
We support investment in infrastructure and better connections to Dutch and German cities and airports
We strive to make the German labour market accessible to our citizens
D66 values good education
- Enschede is home to international students. We strive to offer them good living conditions and future career chances in Enschede.
- We care about your children’s education, with a special attention for international schools and (German) language education at school.
D66 values good employment chances
Enschede is the home base for European and world-wide operating businesses. We support the creation of high-tech and innovative jobs. We value diversity and equal pay for people of all nationalities working in Enschede.
D66 cares about the environment
- In the last 4 years, D66 has created the basis for environmentally sustainable development of the region: wind and sun energy, recycling policies, and biking routes in the city.
- We want Enschede to develop as a safe city with affordable housing and green surroundings.
D66 values participation
- We help you to get involved in local decision-making about issues that influence your life in Enschede and beyond.
- We value the voice and independence of all citizens, regardless of nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
D66 (Democrats 1966) is an internationally minded social-liberal party that was found in 1966. The party was born out of dissent and the felt need to reform the political system to allow more citizen participation and direct influence of voters, also in-between elections. D66 holds the idea that true liberalism is social, because it strives for the greatest possible future and self-determination for all individuals. Since 1994, the party is a member of the ALDE group (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe). The five guiding principles of the party are:
- trust in people’s own power
- think and act internationally
- reward performance and share wealth
- work towards a sustainable and harmonious society
- cherish our civil rights and shared values
More information on the party’s history, principles, and positions can be found here.