Voting is a basic right and the procedure is extremely fast and simple. You fill in a one-page form (see "media" below) and give it to the commune (by ordinary mail or in person - sometimes even by e-mail) with a copy of your Belgian identity card.
Once I am registered, is voting compulsory?
Yes. As soon as your registration on the electoral roll has been approved, you will therefore be legally required to vote on 26 May 2019. However before 1 March 2019 and after 26 May 2019 you may request the withdrawal of your registration at the commune where you have established your main residence.
Can I still vote in my own country?
No. If you participate to the European elections in Belgium you cannot take part in European Parliament elections in your home country. However if, at a later date, you wish to take part in European elections again in your home country, you may request the withdrawal of your registration at the commune after 26 May 2019.
What happens if I am abroad, sick or absent for another reason on 26 May 2019?
No problem, there is a simple solution: you can give a proxy vote to another elector, who votes in your place (see more details in the “how to vote” chapter).
I voted in the previous European elections. Do I have to register again?
No, your registration is still valid, even if you have moved to another municipality in the meantime.
What if I voted in Belgium in the local elections?
You also have to register for the European elections. These are two different procedures.
Can I stand as a candidate in the European elections?
EU citizens can stand as a candidate on a Belgian list of candidates accepted by the main Belgian electoral office. More info on www.elections.fgov.be