Dutch authorities in the municipality of Zuidplas, not far from Rotterdam, launched the country’s first drive-through voting station as voters throughout the country participate in a hotly contested parliamentary election.
Voters in Zuidplas will choose between centrist Prime Minister Mark Rutte and far-right leader Geert Wilders all without having to wait in long lines or leaving the comfort of their cars for an extended period of time.
The polling station is located in a garage, but voters must step outside their vehicles in order to access the station’s voting booth.
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Zuidplas</a> been there, done that ! 🙋✊💪 <a href="https://t.co/DnmgGZY3jZ">pic.twitter.com/DnmgGZY3jZ</a></p>— Mark van der Toorn (MarkieTwo) March 15, 2017
The Dutch vote, seen by many European observers, acts as a litmus test for populist sentiment across the continent.
It is the first of several high-profile elections to take place in Europe in which far-right political groups are expected to make large gains.