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Did you know that international voters could be ONE THIRD of all voters in the Brussels Region? That’s enormous, when city councilors can get elected with just a few hundred votes.

We’re volunteering for the VoteBrussels Campaign with the Brussels Region to sign up 300,000 voters for the local elections on 13 October. Our 2018 VoteBrussels campaign helped to double the number of international voters for the 2018 local elections. Our successful 1bru1Vote petition secured a resolution from the Brussels Regional Parliament to fight long-term for the regional right to vote for international voters, greater outreach and more automatic voter registration. The Brussels Region is now supporting our new VoteBrussels Campaign to offer trainings for international voters at all 19 Brussels city halls and to set up ‘voting box’ stands across the city in May & June, ahead of the 31 July voter registration deadline.

What can I do to sign up?

Signing up to vote is probably the easiest thing you’ll do in Belgium. You can sign up online with an electronic card reader or ITSME. Or print out the form (for EU citizens or non-EU citizens) and then mail or drop it off at your commune—no need for other documents, appointments or waiting in line.

What can I do to volunteer?

Will you join our international community of volunteers to sign up your friends, family, neighbours & colleagues?

Sign up for our newsletter. You’ll be invited to our volunteer trainings. After that, you can invite us to your organisation, office & neighborhood. We’ll connect you together with other volunteers from your same commune and nationality to brainstorm together activities online & offline.

Why Brussels can become the most international democracy?

Brussels is the most cosmopolitan city in the democratic world. If Brussels were 10 people, we’d be:

We ARE the city – Brussels is us! Eligible non-Belgian voters could represent up to 300,000 voters or ONE THIRD of all potential voters in October’s local elections. If we all come together to vote, then Brussels can actually become the most democratic, diverse city in the world. Brussels politicians will become more responsive to ordinary citizens like you and me. And we will get one big step closer to the Brussels we want.

Check our Communal Elections Playbook video!

How international voters can make Brussels democracy work?

Here are five key ways how international voters can transform Brussels into the world’s most democratic, cosmopolitan metropolis!

FAQ

There’s no need to worry about signing up—there’s no risks, no problems, no sanctions in Belgium or abroad. For example, if on election day you’re traveling or unavailable, you can vote by proxy by giving this form to another voter. Find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our Local Recommendations

Following the 2018 VoteBrussels and 1bru1Vote campaigns, we came together to propose recommendations for Belgian authorities at local, regional, federal & European level. These recommendations were drafted and agreed by the campaign’s volunteers and around a dozen EU citizen candidates from diverse parties, who came together in a ‘Citizens Convention’ on 19 November 2018.

Our recommendations were presented by VoteBrussels & 1bru1Vote at the Brussels Parliament’s General Affairs/Finance Committee on 14 January 2019. Our local recommendations were also published in French in Le Soir newspaper on 21 August and in Dutch and English in the BRUZZ regional magazine on 29 August.

With the support of

The VoteBrussels campaign is financed by the Brussels Region, as a project of the “Union for Unity” (U4U) Trade Union of EU Institution staff.

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