Voting

Registration to vote

All foreigners that wish to vote in Belgium and that fulfill the conditions, will need to register to vote or stand as a candidate. The procedure is relatively simple and is explained below. Once registered, voting is mandatory. You may however give a proxy to vote if you cannot attend the election for certain reasons. Not showing up may result in fines. In practice however, effective punishment is seldom applied.

How to register for voting?
  • Download the registration form that will be made available before the elections.
  • Complete the form and submit it to your municipality before a specific date, usually three months before election day. You can return the document by post. 
  • The form is available in French and Dutch. In the Brussels Region you can complete it in both languages, in Flanders you have to complete it in Dutch and in Wallonia in French.