The elections for the House of Representatives in the Netherlands started today, 15 March 2021, and votes can also be cast at RAI Amsterdam. There are four voting streets for motorists who want to avoid crowds. The RAI is the only location in Amsterdam with this facility. Cyclists and pedestrians can also easily and safely cast a vote at the RAI. At the opening, mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema came to take a look, on her bicycle.
Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema arrives at RAI Amsterdam
This year's parliamentary elections are spread over three days. In Amsterdam, 50 voting stations are open on 15 and 16 March from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. The early vote option is designed for vulnerable voters who don't want to get into the hustle and bustle of Election Day on March 17. For example because of their age or health. The polling stations with an early opening can be found at stembureaus.amsterdam.nl.
Voting drive through
On March 17, 450 voting locations will be opened in Amsterdam. RAI Amsterdam is the only location where the people of Amsterdam can vote quickly, safely and easily via special car voting streets. The RAI is an easily accessible location. Due to the freedom of vote and secrecy, no other adults are allowed in the car. Fellow passengers will have to get out for a short while. There are car voting streets, a bicycle voting street and a number of pedestrian voting stations. The voting locations are open on election days from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Safe, responsible and hospitable
Voting in the RAI is completely corona proof. All rules and guidelines described in the RAI Amsterdam - Safe, Responsible and Hospitable protocol are applied, such as maintaining 1.5 meter distance, hand disinfection poles at important locations and all those present in the RAI complex are obliged to wear a face mask.