July 15, 2024
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Find out about your voting rights in Belgium

If you’re a Brit living in Belgium, you are able to vote in at least municipal elections if you have been here 5 years, and more depending on if you hold another nationality!

I only have British nationality, or British and a non-EU nationality.

If you have been here more than 5 years and registered at your commune, you should be able to vote in the municipal elections. These are taking place in Brussels and other parts of Belgium on 13 October 2024. You have until the summer to register to vote, and you can do so via the ItsMe app or by visiting your commune.

I have British and Belgian nationality

If you have Belgian nationality, as well as voting in municipal elections if you are still living in Belgium, you can vote in all other election types, too: provincial, regional, federal, and European.

This year, as well as municipal elections in October, Belgians will go to the polls in June to vote for

  • Members of the European Parliament
  • Regional representatives in the Flemish, Walloon, Brussels and German-speaking Community parliaments
  • Members of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives

All Belgians over 18 are obligated to vote in these elections.

I have British and another EU nationality

If you have an EU nationality and are living in Belgium, you can vote in the municipal elections without the 5 year rule applying as it does to non-EU Brits.

And, you can choose to vote in the European Parliament elections in Belgium rather than the country you hold nationality for, should you wish. However, you cannot vote twice.

Read more about voting in Belgium

Find out about voting in the UK

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