In a brewery or in the company of giraffes: weird voting venues

Cast your vote and have a beer (in that order). Photo:

Local councils are pulling out all the stops to encourage people to vote in the local elections this year, and locations as diverse as zoos and breweries will become temporary polling stations next week, reports.

In Hilvarenbeek people can vote at safari park Beekse Bergen, with the first thousand voters receiving a free ticket to the park.

Younger and perhaps more reluctant Hilvarenbeek voters are welcome at youth centre The Box where a DJ has been hired to motivate them to make the trip.

Voting will also take place in Madurodam, The Hague’s minature village, GaiaZOO in Kerkrade and the Castellum theatre or the open air Archeon history park in Alphen aan den Rijn.

In Leiden, people can vote and visit the Lakenhal museum at the same time while in Weesp crowds are sure to turn up to vote at brewery de Wispe. In Amsterdam the former planetarium at Gaasperplas will be used as a voting venue.

In Oudewater the local council has even engaged a carillon player to play ‘election songs’ to get people in voting mood.

How to vote

Train stations, churches and even motorway service stations often become polling stations on the day. In total, there are over 9,000 locations where you can vote nationwide.

Although the local elections officially take place on Wednesday, as with the general election last year, some polling stations will also open on March 14 and 15 to allow people who want to avoid large groups.

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