Due to the coronavirus pandemic, special measures are being prepared for Tuesday’s parliamentary elections in Israel, the Jedio Ahronot newspaper’s website, on ynet, reported Monday.
Than before More constituencies were formed, Many of them were registered with a new location, which is why the Home Office runs an all-day hotline where everyone can know where to vote.
Among the private polling stations Only 409 identified coronavirus carriers are accepted and only 342 are in quarantine. Those who cannot get there by their own car will be taken from their homes by the Election Commission free of charge, and the organization will be assisted by a separate phone line.
Some of these ballot boxes operate in a “directional drive” method, which means that the voter does not even have to get out of their car and drive through the stations in the tent. First, he gets verified, then he selects the party card, and finally, by pulling out the window of his car, he throws it into the jar.
In addition to the ballot boxes, 547 were also placed in nursing homes this time, and those returning to Israel on election day could also vote at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
At the entrance to polling stations, disinfectants are received by arrivals, who can only enter after cleaning their hands to prevent the possible spread of the Coronavirus. Before the election commission, the masks must be removed to prove identity, and only then will it be possible to choose the party card behind the screen. A new procedure is that the Election Commission delegate monitors the cleanliness of the elections in every polling station.
Voting starts at 7 AM and citizens are normally received until 10 PM, but votes can only be cast until 7 PM.
In addition to soldiers and diplomats, the injured and those detained in quarantine this time also vote with double envelopes, which means that their personal data is written on the outer envelope, and inside it is a small blue envelope containing their party’s choice.
They expect a whopping quantity of over half a million double envelopes instead of the usual around 200,000. These jars are not assembled locally, but are sent to Jerusalem, which is an election committee with a legislative body.
There, they are treated with a longer procedure, because they first check that the person hasn’t voted elsewhere, and then they are counted as well. As a result, it may take longer than usual for election results to be announced.
Tuesday evening, after the ballot box closes, votes will be counted locally at the “regular” polling station, and the results will be forwarded to the Jerusalem Electoral Commission. Opening the ballot box and counting the votes will be videotaped to prevent subsequent discussions.
Local media will continue to report election results from Wednesday morning to Friday morning, but the Election Commission will hand over the final official results after counting the double envelopes to President Reuven Rivlin on March 31 only.
On Tuesday, in the fourth parliamentary elections in two years, Israelis will be able to vote for 13,685 seats in the 24th Knesset. Under the one-round electoral system and the national party list, this time 6,578,084 citizens eligible to vote can choose the symbol of the party’s speech in Ballot boxes from party ballot papers.