A couple of weeks ago we received voting forms in the post for the waterschapverkiezingen 2008 (district water board elections 2008).
To some people this may sound like an odd thing to have an election for, but it's quite important here.
The water board runs a lot of things in the countryside. There are thousands of kilometres of dykes here, rural cycle paths also are largely run by the water board, and of course much of the natural landscape that we enjoy cycling through belongs to them. They are responsible for control of water level in the countryside, not water supply to homes. Wikipedia has more about this.
|This cycle-path, like many thousands|
of km of cycle-path and road in this
country, belongs to the water board.
This is a better form of democracy. A more democratic form of democracy.
The last date to vote was today, but my form went back into the post very soon after it arrived.