Politicians could also vote, in a polling booth near Parliament in The Hague (see here).
Alexander Pechtold of D66 voted for the white stork.
And so did Dion Graus of the xenophobic PVV party. He said he did so because the house sparrow is supposedly a ‘really Dutch bird’, ‘originally Dutch’. Mr Graus does not seem to know that house sparrows are originally immigrants from Asia. They used to feed on grass seeds and nest on rocks in the Iran-Iraq border area, already 7,000 and more years ago. As Neolithic agriculture started in the Middle East, house sparrows started to feed on grain and nest on stone houses. As Neolithic agriculture started to spread north-west into Europe, displacing earlier hunter-gatherer cultures, stone houses and house sparrows followed it.
So, house sparrows are from the same region where most refugees to the Netherlands are from today. Refugees whom Mr Graus’ PVV hates; while the PVV supports the bloody wars making these refugees.
Henk Krol of the 50+ party voted for the blackbird.