Station voting a success, says Dutch Railways

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Thousands of Dutch voters used Wednesday’s opportunity to vote in the country’s parliamentary elections at a railway station. According to a representative for Dutch Railways, at least 40,000 people cast their votes at polling booths located in 45 of the country’s railway stations.

At Utrecht’s Central Station, such long lines formed that organisers not only had to set up an extra table to handle all the voters, but also employ a private security guard to ensure that everything remained orderly. At Amsterdam’s Central Station, there was still a long queue as late as 20:00.

Voting at railway stations has taken place before, but only on a small scale. Dutch Railways said the move was a great success and said it would offer voters the chance to vote at stations in all future elections.

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