Did you know you are allowed to vote in the upcoming municipal elections?

Municipal elections 16th of March 2022

23 februari 2022

We would like to include you in our fight for our planet and all its inhabitants. All our work and all our solutions have a planet-wide focus. That makes us unique and the perfect party for everyone, regardless of country of origin. Please read all information on what we want and how to vote below, and take a stand on 14, 15 or 16 March. For animals. For people. For yourself. For our children and grandchildren. For the planet.

Party for the Animals - Plan B: because there is no planet B

The Party for the Animals is concerned with one thing and one thing only: our planet and all its inhabitants.

We stand for a beautiful, healthy environment, with clean air, clean water, and fertile soil. For a sustainable, social society in which people live in harmony with each other, their environment, and animals. Where we take care of those who are less fortunate, treat each other equally and protect what is truly valuable: healthcare, education, art, nature, environment, climate, and human and animal rights. A society in which the long-term well-being of all, not the economic gain and short-term interests of the few, take centre stage.

We take a planet-wide, eco-centric perspective as our starting point. And in that, we are unique.

Improve the world, start close to home: in Utrecht!

We are at an important crossroads in history. Our environment is in very bad shape and many people are rightly worried about the climate crisis and loss of nature. Our current economic growth model is ravaging our planet and inflicting immense suffering on people and animals. The Party for the Animals is fully committed to changing course – starting close to home. For only when politics works hand in hand with citizens to change course can we keep the earth habitable for humans and animals alike.

We can all make a difference, especially in our own living environment, close to home. And that is exactly what our Plan B proposes - making radically different choices for positive change and creative solutions. Not just for tomorrow, but for a shared future on this beautiful planet.

Choosing and sharing fairly

We choose a municipality where people and animals can live a pleasant life, where the general interest takes precedence over commerce and where there is room for all residents and future generations. Where livelihoods are secured, with affordable housing for all, and a fair, clean and regional economy in which environmental pollution and destruction of nature are restricted. A healthy, heat-resistant, and future-proof municipality with lots of greenery and clean air. One with a flourishing art and culture sector. A society in which everyone is equal, and racism, discrimination and inequality of opportunity are tackled effectively. An open, transparent municipality in which residents truly have a say and everyone’s privacy is protected.

We've already accomplished a lot, but we want a lot more. Our ten key points for the coming elections in Utrecht:

  • Utrecht will be climate neutral by 2030. We are tackling the climate crisis while strengthening the biodiversity of plants and animals in the city.
  • Enough money to organisations like the bird shelter, animal ambulances, animal food bank, and the animal shelter.
  • Don't build in nature. Cut down on cutting down and save the trees!
  • Limit the growth of Utrecht so that the city remains habitable. Stop investments in tourism and unsustainable businesses.
  • An affordable and sustainable home for everyone! No place for slumlords and speculators. Housing instead of hotels.
  • Give way to cyclists, pedestrians, and animals! Narrow highways in favour of more green space.
  • The future is plant-based. The municipality encourages a rapid transition to a tasty, healthy, and sustainable food supply.
  • Get rid of litter and invest more in a clean city. Businesses clean up their own litter within a 150-meter radius. Every new house in Utrecht also comes with at least one new tree and one nesting box.
  • Energy that you don't use is the most sustainable. Utrecht is fully committed to insulation and other forms of energy reducing and is terminating biomass.

So take a stand and vote on 14, 15 or 16 March. For animals. For people. For yourself. For our children and grandchildren. For the planet.

Want to know more? Please read Plan B - Idealism is the new realism, the full national election program of the Party for the Animals in English.

Voting rights for internationals in the Netherlands (municipal elections)

In municipal elections (gemeenteraadsverkiezingen), internationals have the right to participate as long as they are registered with their municipality. This also applies to Dutch and EU citizens. Non-EU citizens must have lived in the Netherlands uninterrupted for at least five years.

How to vote?

If you are registered in your municipality you will receive a voting pass or ‘Stempas’ by mail, 14 days prior to the election. Take this pass, together with your identity card or passport, to any polling station in your municipality.

Please note that:

  • A voting pass is absolutely necessary in order to vote at the numerous polling stations
  • Appointing someone else to vote on your behalf is possible.

In case the voting pass is lost or damaged:

  • Submit the voting pass form at a sub-municipal office.
  • Provide a valid proof of identity (not a driving licence).

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