Voting for the Dutch Parliament
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In the US everybody is fully focused on the presidential elections for November. In the Netherlands there are elections coming up on the 12th of September. Here in the US it is "Taxation but no Representation" for me. In the Netherlands it is "No taxation but Representation", in other words I can still vote.
But, it is totally not simple to get that organized. One has to subscribe as a foreign voter, then one gets the vote papers. These must be filled in with red ink or pencil, returned in a very specific way and in time. Bottlenecks:
- must fill out the form in red. If not --> vote will be ignored.
- must not write anywhere on the form. If not --> vote will be ignored.
- must fold the vote form in a specific way. If not --> vote will be ignored.
- must put the form in a special envelope.
- must sign an extra form and include that with, but not in the envelope. If not --> vote will be ignored.
- must put the proper postage on the return envelope. If not --> vote will be ignored.
- envelope must arrive in time. If not --> vote will be ignored.
And the government is still surprised that the people abroad hardly vote....... Now, why would that be the case?
I was allowed to submit my form at the Dutch Consulate in New York. A very convenient thing since they are located in the same building as my office. What a delight so easy to get there with my APG badge. No security agents, no X-ray detectors, just step into the elevator and walk in!