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Lopsided voter turnout means skewed election results
Boaz Fyler
Published: 16.01.13, 18:42
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1. What's the difference
Zechariah   (01.16.13)
The Haredim vote their livelihood depends on it and people will vote if policies are really affecting them.
2. This should be the lead article!
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.16.13)
Remember this on voting day - You reap what you sow! Get out and vote!
3. Most people I know feel there is no one worth voting for
Eric ,   Tel Aviv & NY   (01.16.13)
For the past few weeks I have been talking to people to understand who to vote for and why. Almost everyone has had a "I'm not voting for..." but not a single one said "I am voting for x because". It is all negative as if no one has confidence in our politicians.
4. No confidence in politicians
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (01.17.13)
Sad, but true.
5. So vote for the one with believable character
Barbara ,   Haifa Israel   (01.17.13)
Don't vote for party - vote for the leader that seems to have honest character and integrity. We've got to start somewhere. For me, I don't like the ones that promise this or that, because afterwards it is hard to fulfill promises. Situations change, priorities change, finances change - impossible to promise.
6. when confidence died
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (01.17.13)
Confidence started dying when the courts allowed Rabin and Peres to buy Golfdarb for cash. Confidence died when the courts allowed Sharon to break his solemn oath to Likud voters he represented, and let him set up Kadima.
7. this is a natural trend in any democracy
zionist forever   (01.17.13)
In countries that are coming out a dictatorship or in a newly created country voting is seen as a privilege. As time goes on people take democracy & voting for granted and so don't bother. Election polls can affect turnout. All the polls have been showing a Likud victory so some Likud voters will take the attitude we will win anyway so why do I need to bother voting when I could be watching a good movie? There will also be Labor voters who look at the polls and say there is no way we can win so I will watch my movie. If the polls said Likud & Labor were neck and neck then more people would make an effort to go vote because they feel their vote matters much more. The arab & haredi parties are specialist ones that exist to promote the interests of a small group and their supporters know if they don't go vote for them nobody else will. In the US supporters of the Tea Party went out to vote whilst other Republicans stayed home and in England the anti EU party UKIP came out of nowhere fight against joining the Euro now they have seats in the European Parliament.
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