Residents of the small village of Villaroya in the La Rioja province of Spain made headlines recently as they managed to complete their local elections in less than 30 seconds. With only seven registered voters, the village broke their previous record of 32 seconds, according to a report by the BBC.
Salvador Perez, the longstanding mayor of Villaroya since 1973, expressed his confidence in securing all seven votes. He told local media, “I don’t know if I’ll get all seven votes, but it’s almost certain that I will.”
The mayor attributed the swift voting process to the residents’ high level of readiness and training. As soon as the polls opened, the villagers efficiently cast their votes in a mere 29 seconds and 53 hundredths, making Villaroya the first seat in Spain to finish voting.
Interestingly, the villagers were motivated by a sense of competition with another Spanish village, Illan de Vacas in Castilla-La Mancha, which only has three registered voters. This friendly rivalry inspired the residents of Villaroya to showcase their efficiency and set a new record in rapid local elections.
The local elections in Spain hold significance as they serve as a test for the parliamentary polls scheduled at the end of the year. With twelve of the country’s seventeen regional parliaments and 8,000 town and city halls being contested, these elections will play a crucial role in shaping the political landscape of Spain.
While the fast-paced voting process in Villaroya may be a unique occurrence, it highlights the active participation and enthusiasm of the villagers in exercising their democratic rights. The efficiency displayed by the residents of this Spanish village serves as a reminder of the importance of civic engagement and the power of individual votes, regardless of the size of the electorate.