In many countries no alcohol is served on voting days. To let the people come to a measured decision, or just show up at all. Well in the Netherlands the opposite is happening. For the next municipal elections in March 2014 Tilburg, the sixth biggest city of Holland, opens a special voting booths at midnight in the city centre to attract more voters. In other big cities like Rotterdam, The Hague and Groningen this was already the case four years ago. Several hundreds of people made a small stop to vote when they returned home from the bars.
Four parties (PvdA, D66, CDA and Voor Tilburg) in Tilburg supported the plan for ‘night voting’ and today mayor Peter Noordanus gave the green light. This mobile voting booth is placed in the city centre in between many bars. The plan is to co/operate with these bars and cultural institutions to attract more voters. Of course we support this initiative fully and we look forward to the giant streams of drunk people, drifting and crawling into the voting booths. Or to see them clinging on to the desks, hitting on the grannies that hand them the voting-papers.
Last municipal elections in Tilburg were in February 2010. Back then the CDA-party proposed the same just before the elections, but there wasn´t enough time to actually perform this plan. After night voting, or drunk voting if you will, was shut down only 45% of the residents in Tilburg went to vote in 2010. We´re positive that number will be significantly higher in 2014.