Renate from Sint-Oedenrode comes to the polling station on horseback | Baileywick

videoSINT-OEDENRODE – From Monday you can vote everywhere in the region. Renate Verstappen of Sint-Oedenrode did this in a very special way: on the back of her horse is an icon.


Jesper de Van


It started out as a joke after the municipality of Merigstad announced that the riding school De Pijnhorst in Sint-Oedenrode is also a drive-by polling station during this election. Leftovers from the Corona period to allow residents to vote safely, such as ordering a hamburger; without leaving your car. A local radio journalist wanted to know “Can I vote on horseback?”

Not practical, but cute

On Monday afternoon, it looks like it’s already possible when Renate Verstappen enters the polling station on her horse Icon. She hands her voting card at the counter next to the fixed door, after which she is allowed to proceed to the polling booth in the middle of the box.

There it turns out that the horse’s back is not the best place to cast your vote. The animal becomes a rebel when it takes some time before Verstappen finds the right party ball and person.

Amazon admits that it’s not very practical to do it this way. “It’s really good to vote like this for once,” said Verstappen, who works for the municipality of Merigstad.

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Together with the colleague

Last weekend, when she was walking around the equestrian center for reinforcement, I imagined how cool it would be if someone actually went with a horse. A colleague suggested if you come on a horse. By that she was referring to her and co-star Nikki Hasenberg, who is just as crazy about horses as she is. “And she’s crazy enough to do this to me, too.” So they reported to the polling station on Monday afternoon with their horses Icona and Donia.

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Case Martins / DCI Media
© Case Martins / DCI Media

Extra days

One or more polling stations were also opened elsewhere in the region on Monday. Just as with last year’s national elections, residents have three days to spread out the crowds. This necessity seems to have vanished now as the aura appears to be on its way back; For many residents, those extra days are essentially practical.

Like Connie De Bruyne who cast her vote on Monday morning at City Hall in Sunn. “Wednesday isn’t right for me because of the course, so it pays to vote now.” Gerard Swinkels, who says he never made it past the election, is also happy with the setup. I had to be in the village to draw blood. This way I can integrate it.”

Even before noon, the counter was already at 125 in Sun. , , the first one was already there at 7:30, says polling station chief Rick Vercht. “In the first few hours, people were basically going to work. Now mainly old people are coming in.”

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Case Martins / DCI Media
© Case Martins / DCI Media

visual problems

One of the voting booths specially equipped for blind or visually impaired persons. Here’s a headset that lists the candidates again and a model in large numbers and braille on the electoral roll.

In each municipality there is one polling station specially designed for people with visual impairments to facilitate the voting process. In Eindhoven this is in the city hall. Although the road is not quite the easiest: many streets in the city center are open and the bus stop in front of the entrance is temporarily closed.

The first day of polling at the Sun polling station with a special polling station for the visually impaired on the right.
The first day of polling at the Sun polling station with a special polling station for the visually impaired on the right. © Case Martins / DCI Media



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