Slightly fewer voters than in previous state elections

According to the news, based on preliminary figures by the Dutch Statistical Institute, approximately 13.3 million people will be allowed to vote in the provincial council elections this year. That’s 91.6 percent of the population aged 18 and over. Slightly lower than the previous state elections in 2019, where 93.3 percent of adults in the Netherlands were allowed to vote.

According to the Dutch Statistical Institute, the main reason for this decline is that in recent years more and more people have come to the Netherlands who do not have or do not yet have Dutch citizenship. This group, which includes newly arrived immigrants and asylum seekers, has no voting rights.

More older voters due to aging population

The aging of the Netherlands is also reflected in the number of voters aged 65 and over. In 2003, 13 percent were aged 65 and over, which will be almost 27 percent in 2023. Among all municipalities, the proportion of voters in this age group is the highest in Laren (40.7 percent of all persons authorized to vote in this municipality).

A quarter of all people allowed to vote in state elections are under the age of 35. These young voters relatively often live in cities and especially student towns.

However, Urk (37.3 percent of all eligible voters), Renswoude (29.7 percent) and Staphorst (29.5 percent) are municipalities where many young people are allowed to vote. Relatively, the provinces of Groningen and Utrecht have the most voters under 35.

The number of voters says nothing about the final number of actual voters. Voter turnout is significantly low. Since 1991, this has fluctuated between 45 and 56 percent.

Source: NOS