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Allow Amsterdammer to vote until 10 pm

23 October 2008 - It is a bad idea to close the polling stations at 8 pm, says Jan Paternotte (D66). This may work in rural areas, but Amsterdammers have busy lives and should be allowed to vote until 10 pm, he argues.

State Secretary Ank Bijleveld has proposed to close polling stations at 8 pm instead of 9 pm. She argues that more time is needed to count votes since voting computers have been discarded for being untrustworthy. Further, few people would vote after 8 pm.

Paternotte objects: "Perhaps no one wants to vote after 8 pm at Ameland [a small island - ed], but Amsterdam is a different matter. Elections are held on regular working days, so working parents and busy students will be the victims".

He adds that Amsterdam has ditched the voting computer and returned to voting with paper and pencil years ago. There have never been any serious problems getting the votes counted. Paternotte says Amsterdammers should be allowed to vote until 10 pm in the future.

D66 (in Dutch). Photo: Noud de Greef


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