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In the Netherlands we have a Parliament that exists of 150 members divided between 10 political parties at the moment. But every election 20 parties take part. To help people to choose we have an online elections guide

In the Netherlands we have a Parliament that exists of 150 members divided between 10 political parties at the moment. But every election 20 parties take part. To help people to choose we have an online elections guide

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Jeroen commented on Designing 4 People & Process.....

Hi Aimee, what good list off questions. I am from the Netherlands and we suffer a decline of percentage when the election is less important. When we vote for parliament around 75% will vote. When we have local elections about 55% will show up and with European elections only 45% will come. Probably people don't show much interest in the local and European politics. And i don't have the right answer where for this problem.

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Jeroen commented on The online election guide

Stemwijzer is created by a non-profit organization that stimulates political and social participation. But I just read on Wikipedia that most of there income are subsidies. I think it could make a difference, but as I can see it they are unbiased.

De Stemwijzer also organizes so called shadow elections on HighShool in the Netherlands to promote participation in politics when they reach 18 and get their voting rights.

In the Netherlands we are less active as a society with our voting rights, then in the USA i guess. People here are quiet lazy on these topics. We don't have much people such as your mother that are active in debates.

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Jeroen commented on Voting using Marbles

Thanks Abdelrahan for sharing this inspiration with us. I use a similar system during some of the design projects I coordinate on the University. At the end of a project we always like to select a winner of the best design project of the semester. We use public voting among the students. It is remarkable simple and it empowers the public.