Annual report 2008 Dutch Electoral Council

Two thousand and eight was a year that saw significant electoral reforms. The Senate voted to end the disenfranchisement of persons placed under guardianship because of a mental disorder. Voter numbers were also enlarged by extending to all inhabitants of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba who meet the requirements also applicable to residents of the Netherlands the right to vote for the European Parliament. In 2008 another fundamental change was implemented: compulsory ID in polling booths.

In all the Electoral Council issued five advice notes and two reactions. All the advice notes issued had been requested and the two reactions were to positions taken by the cabinet.