Europeans get creative to boost voter turnout
DPA, 23RD MAY, 2019 - Everybody in the European Union should be aware by now that elections are under way - after all, politicians have been drumming up support for weeks on end.with turnout for European Parliament elections traditionally low, companies, communities and school pupils are now getting in on the action, trying out new ways to mobilize EU citizens.
If you really want to make sure that everyone knows about the elections, how about swapping the town sign? Last week, the southern German town of Ruderting replaced “Ruderting - Passau County” with “Ruderting chooses Europe.”the following day however, the district office ordered it taken down, while allowing a separate sign highlighting the polls to be placed by the town’s entrance. In the Dutch cities of Groningen and Zwolle, voting equals entertainment. Both towns held parties on Wednesday night while Groningen also offered “Europe bingo.” Ballot papers counted as free entry tickets to the events.