Prime Minister Ehud Olmert joined the diminished number of Kadima voters Wednesday as he cast his ballot for the party's roster in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium.
By 11 pm, 43.3% of Kadima's members had voted; earlier in the evening, Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit expressed concern at the low turnout, urging eligible party members to vote.
Asked if he was deliberating his vote, Olmert answered, "I have no doubts." He spent a few moments behind the screen and after coming out spoke with ballot box officials about the voter turnout.
Earlier, Chairwoman Tzipi Livni cast her ballot at a Tel Aviv polling station and said, "We will elect a winning list."
Some 600 touch screens were placed in 95 polling stations across the country, which opened at 10 am and are scheduled to close at midnight. If there are no malfunctions, the results will be released shortly after the end of the vote, and the general election campaign will officially get under way. The Knesset elections will be held on February 10.
Attila Somfalvi contributed to the story