To be able to vote in Dutch national elections, as a Dutch citizen living abroad I need to register with the municipality of the Hague. Does this make me technically a resident of the Hague?

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    I don't think you're a resident. You only belong to the Hague's voting district. At least that's how it works in Czechia.
    – yo'
    Mar 14, 2014 at 10:43

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No, you are not a resident of The Hague if you live abroad.

Note that you are only able to vote in national and EU¹ elections. You are not able to vote in next weeks municipal elections.

All adult residents of The Hague are able to vote in The Hague's municipal elections. As you are not able to vote in the municipal elections, this logically means you are not a resident.

¹If you live in another EU country, you can choose in which country to participate in the elections.

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    You can only vote in the EU elections if you are living in a EU country. For example, if you're living in the U.S. you can't vote for the EU elections, even if you are a citizen of a EU country. Mar 14, 2014 at 15:59
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    @PhilippeLeybaert Are you sure? The municipality of The Hague sent me an e-mail to invite me to register my current address for the purposes of taking part in the EU elections while living abroad.
    – gerrit
    Mar 14, 2014 at 18:36
  • I'm pretty sure, yes. It's like that for Belgium anyway, but I assume this is regulated by EU law, not national law. Once they receive your address and see that you're not living in the EU, you'll probably be informed that you're not allowed to vote. Mar 14, 2014 at 19:03
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    @PhilippeLeybaert But last time I chose to vote by machtiging (giving someone else permission to vote on my behalf), and I don't think I told them my then-address at all. There is no mention of such a rule at Stemmen vanuit het buitenland, as far as I can see. Maybe Netherlands and Belgium have different rules.
    – gerrit
    Mar 14, 2014 at 19:07
  • You may be right about The Netherlands. Shows how unified Europe really is :-). These are the rules for Belgium: diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/Diensten_in_het_buitenland/… Mar 14, 2014 at 19:18

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