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woensdag 31 januari 2018

D66 Weesp urges EU-citizens to vote in Weesp on March 21st 2018

Are you an EU-citizen over 18 living in Weesp and have you been living in the Netherlands for five years or more? Then you are eligible to vote in the local elections of March 21st 2018.

How and when can you vote?
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.
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 licence – and vote.
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 places at all Town- and City Halls, at most train stations and at many locations within your municipality. For a complete list of all polling places, see: www.weesp.nl. You can cast your ballot at all polling places within the municipality where you live, not in other municipalities.

Why should you vote?
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, expats are eligible to vote in local elections.

What are the key issues?
In Weesp one of the most important issues of the election is the referendum on the choice between further collaboration between our municipality and Amsterdam or Gooise Meren. D66 Weesp chooses positively for Amsterdam, because of the considerable larger economic and social opportunities for entrepeneurs and for inhabitants. As we are a liberal party with a strong love for democracy, we urge every inhabitant to cast their vote. And if that vote would be for D66 Weesp, we would be double grateful.

Thema

Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen 2018: Plan A

Het bestuur van Weesp vraagt van dag tot dag visie, bereidheid tot samenwerking en een netwerk om zaken ook daadwerkelijk voor elkaar te krijgen. De mensen van D66 Weesp hebben die kwaliteiten en willen verantwoordelijkheid nemen voor de best mogelijke toekomst van de stad Weesp: Plan A.

Op de Algemene ledenvergadering van D66 Weesp van 19 oktober 2017 heeft het bestuur van de afdeling de kieslijst voor de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen van 21 maart 2018 bekendgemaakt. Christian Zierleyn neemt de campagneleiding op zich.

Uitslag interne verkiezing D66 WEESP
1. Léon de Lange
2. Saskia ter Kuile
3. Bert Zeeman
4. Kim Oude Luttikhuis
5. Hans Douma
6. Carlo van Hekken
7. Rob 't Hart
8. Iris Koopmans
9. Erwin Brakkee
10. Astrid Ventevogel
11. Christian Zierleyn
12. Wouter Zorg (toegevoegd per 11 januari 2018)
Vastgesteld 18 oktober 2017

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