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2013 elections: 250,000 votes wasted
Some 7% of voters chose one of Israel's 20 niche parties which didn't pass electoral threshold. The result: Nine lost Knesset seats

Nearly a quarter of a million citizens voted Tuesday for parties which did not pass the electoral threshold and have thus wasted their vote.

 

The number of wasted votes stands at 247,967, making up about 7% of the ballots. In comparison, the 2009 elections saw 100,000 votes wasted.

 

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The party closest to admission to the Knesset was Otzma Leyisrael, led by Arieh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari, which received 61,825 votes, lacking only 15,000 to pass the threshold.

 


מיכאל בן ארי ואריה אלדד, נפרדים מהכנסת (צילום: אוריה תדמור)

Former MKs Eldad (L) and Ben Ari (R) (Photo: Uriah Tadmor)

 

Am Shalem, Chaim Amsellem's party, gained 42,095 votes, representing 1.2% of voters, and failed to pass the 2% threshold.

 

Ale Yarok, the cannabis legalization party, failed yet again to enter parliament, this time winning 35,109 votes, a little less than 1% of the total votes.

 


חיים אמסלם, לא הצליח לסחוף מצביעים (צילום: בני דויטש)

Chaim Amsellem (Photo: Benny Deutsch)

 

Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak's party Koach Lehashpia and Eretz Hadasha gained 26,744 and 26,331 respectively, representing 0.75% of the votes each.

 


 

The Israelim party got 18,687 votes and the Green party 75,538. The Pensioners party got 5,658 votes, Haim BeChavod 3,502 votes and Daam 3,374 votes.

 

The Social Justice party received 2,750 votes and Achim Anachnu party 2,643. The Pirate party was supported by 2,408 voters while Kulanu Haverim got 2,059.  

 

The Kalkala party got 1,881 votes, the Progressive-Liberal party gained 1,467 votes and the Or party 1,062.

 

Three lists didn't even touch the 1,000 votes mark. Brit Olam got 722 votes, Hatikva Leshinuy 602 and Moreshet Avot, led by Ilan Mashicha who considered himself a candidate for the Prime Minister's Office, had to be satisfied with 499 votes.

 

 

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