Electoral College 2019

On Wednesday March 20th, 2019, you can vote and show your support for one of the candidates of the electoral colleges of St. Eustatius or Saba. This electoral colleges will consist of island’s representatives who, along with the provincial council members, will vote for the members of the First Chamber (Senate). The First Chamber discusses and votes on bills that have already been passed by the Second Chamber. In the Second and First Chamber decisions are made about the three public entities. By exerting influence on the composition of the First Chamber, (indirect) influence is also exerted on the decisions that are being taken there.

Can I vote?
A person is eligible to vote in this election if (s)he has the Dutch nationality, is a resident of the respective public entity on nomination day (February 4th, 2019) and is at least 18 years of age on election day (March 20th, 2019). He or she must not be excluded from the right to vote.

Where and when can I vote?
You can vote on March 20th from 7:30 AM until 9:00 PM at any polling station of the public entity where you reside.

Polling station St. Eustatius

Ernest van Putten Youth Center (the Den)

Concordiaweg

Polling stations Saba

Eugenius Johnson Center

The Windwardside

Fire Station in the Bottom

The Bottom

What should I bring with me to vote?
To cast your vote, you will need to bring your voting pass and a valid form of identification. Either your ID card or driving license from the public entity or your Dutch passport. Without your voting pass and valid form of identification, you cannot vote!

Expired proof of identity?
To cast your vote, your proof of identification may not have expired by more than five years on election day, so must have been valid until at least March 21st, 2014. If you discover that your identification document has expired by more than five years, you can request a new one at the Census Office. 

What should I do if I don’t have a voting pass (anymore)?
Every eligible voter will receive a voting pass at home. If you did not receive a voting pass, or if it was lost or damaged, ask for a replacement as soon as possible. You can do so in writing until Friday March 15th, or personally at the Census Office at the latest on Tuesday March 19th by 12:00 noon. You will need a valid proof of identification.

What should I do if I am unable to go vote?
If you are eligible to vote, but for any reason are unable to do so personally on election day, you can let someone else cast your vote for you by giving them power of attorney. You can do so in one of two ways

  • written proxy,
  • private proxy.

Written proxy
You can give a written proxy when you:

  • are eligible to vote,
  • know that you will be unable to cast your vote personally on election day,
  • have not received your voting pass yet,
  • do not have a valid identification,
  • have a form of identification that has expired by more than 5 years.

If you want to make use of a written proxy, you must pick up a form at the Census Office. Fill it out completely. Make sure it is signed both by you and the person you are authorizing to cast your vote. Leave it at the Census Office no later than Friday, March 15th, 2019. They will contact the authorized person directly to pick up the voting pass.

Private proxy
You can give a private proxy when you:

  • are eligible to vote,
  • know that you will be unable to cast your vote personally on election day,
  • have received your voting pass,
  • have a valid form of identification.

You can give a private proxy by filling out and signing the back side of your voting pass. By doing this you are the ‘warrantor’. The person that is going to vote on your behalf is the ‘authorized person’. To be able to cast your vote, the authorized person needs your completed voting pass and (a copy of) your valid identification document. This is mandatory, otherwise the person you authorized cannot cast your vote!

Important:

  • Prevent abuse of your ID. Write on the copy of your identification that it is only meant to be used for casting your proxy vote and ask the authorized person to return the copy after they casted your vote.
  • The person who votes on your behalf must be living on the same island as you and can only cast your proxy vote at the same time they deposit their own vote.
  • The authorized person can deposit a maximum of two votes on behalf of other people.

Warning!

  • Only give someone power of attorney on your behalf if you are unable to go vote yourself.
  • Bribery and buying of votes by means of gifts or promises in order to gain power of attorney to vote are illegal and punishable by law.
  • The person who is being bribed or whose vote is bought is punishable by law as well.
  • If anyone pressures you into giving them power of attorney to vote, report this to the authorities. As a victim you will not be prosecuted.

What should I do in the voting booth?

  • You vote by yourself. You cannot be accompanied in the voting booth.
  • You cast your vote by coloring the entire white box next to the candidate of your choice with the red colored pencil.
  • Made a mistake? Ask for a new voting ballot. You can only do so once.
  • After casting your vote, fold the ballot so that the list is not visible.
  • Place your voting ballot in the ballot box of the same color as your voting ballot.

Attention: in case you are eligible to vote in both the Island Council elections of Saba and the electoral college elections, you will receive (upon submission of both voting passes) two separate voting ballots. Fill in the voting ballots in the voting booth and deposit each in the corresponding ballot box. 
 
Can I cast a blank vote?
You may cast a blank vote. You do so by not coloring any box. In that case the voting ballot is left completely empty. If you write or draw anything on the voting ballot, you will cast an invalid vote instead of a blank vote.
 
When is my vote valid?
You vote for one single candidate. Your vote is valid when you color in the entire white box next to the candidate of your choice with the red pencil without writing or drawing anything else on the ballot.
 
Is my vote secret?
Voting is secret. You are not required to tell anyone who or which party you voted for. People who pressure you are punishable by law. If you feel pressured or threatened in any way, you can report this to the authorities. 
 
Why is it important that I vote?
In the Second and First Chamber decisions are made about the three public entities. By exerting influence on the composition of the First Chamber, (indirect) influence is also exerted on the decisions that are being taken there. Show your support for one of the candidates of the electoral colleges of St. Eustatius or Saba and cast your vote on March 20th.
 
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