Almost 60% of Dutch youngsters will vote in June EU election

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Some 64% of young EU citizens say they plan to vote in the upcoming European elections but in the Netherlands the figure is lower at 59%.

In addition, 21% of young Dutch voters say they will definitely not make use of their voting rights on June 6, one of the highest rates in the EU, the Eurobarometer survey showed.

Some 46% of young Dutch voters did say they had taken some form of political action in the past year, such as signing a petition or participating in a rally. This too was slightly below the EU average.

Romanian and Portuguese youngsters are by far the most likely to vote, with 78% and 77% saying they would do so. Neither country has compulsory voting.

However, even if 59% of young adults do vote in the Netherlands, that will still be far ahead of the turnout at the last EU elections, when just 42% of Dutch voters bothered to cast their ballot.

With just over three weeks to go to the elections it is still unclear how many non-Dutch EU nationals are now included on the voting register. Last time round, in 2019, just 12% of the EU population has signed up to vote. The deadline for registering was April 23.

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