Municipality of Almere Monitors Voting Data on Dutch Election day 2018
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Municipality of Almere Monitors Voting Data on Dutch Election day 2018

By Yashita Arora on

On 21 March 2018, elections were held at 335 municipalities across the Netherlands. Citizens cast their votes to elect the new municipal council for the next four years. The City of Almere is home to more than two hundred thousand people, and about 45% of them voted through 98 polling stations across the city.

On Election Day, the town hall was the ‘place-to-be’ for members of the municipality, participating political parties and media, as mayor Franc Weerwind announced the progress of election results once the vote-counting began.

To help the mayor and the audience visualise the vote-count, the geo-data team at Municipality of Almere decided to create a custom interactive dashboard – the Election Monitor. Based on Smart M.App® technology, the geo-data team combined multi-source data with the city map.

At the end of each vote-counting cycle (of about 30 minutes), the polling stations instantly updated the results on the dashboard. Pulling data directly from the polling stations, the dashboard facilitated the mayor to announce interim results. Multiple interactive screens were also set up across the room for the audience to analyse the data themselves, as well as create custom-views based on their individual requirements.

“We find it easy and convenient to use Smart M.Apps to create dashboards for different needs within the Municipality. When I was asked to help create a ‘map’ of the polling stations on Election Day, we could create it quickly.” says Emil Otte, Consultant – team Geo-data at Municipality of Almere.

Stay tuned for a video interview with the Geo-data team at Almere on the Election Monitor.

For more information about this succestory, view the video below