בחירות מוקדמות בצה״ל- 335 קלפיות צבאיות נפרסו בבסיסים השונים
A soldier casts her vote in special ballot box placed in her military base
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
A soldier casts her vote in special ballot box placed at her military base

IDF reports 20-year high in military voter turnout

Military spokesperson says 77% of eligible voters had cast their vote, while the voter turnout in the general public stood at only 67.2%; Central Election Committee head says soldiers' votes and other 'double envelopes' could shift election results

Sivan Hilaie |
Published: 03.24.21 , 10:41
The IDF reported Wednesday the voter turnout in the military following the fourth national elections in less than two years, was at the 20-year high.
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  • The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said over 77% of eligible voters in the military had cast their ballots.
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    בחירות מוקדמות בצה״ל- 335 קלפיות צבאיות נפרסו בבסיסים השונים
    בחירות מוקדמות בצה״ל- 335 קלפיות צבאיות נפרסו בבסיסים השונים
    A soldier casts her vote in special ballot box placed at her military base
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    The robust participation of soldiers in the country's fourth election in two years, is in contradiction to the relatively low turnout of voters in the general public, which stands at 67.2% only.
    Votes cast in the military, referred to as "double envelopes", will be counted with the rest of the ballots at special polling stations that include Israeli emissaries abroad, prisoners and their jailers and care home and retirement homes residents.
    Double envelopes also include votes from hospital patients, primarily COVID carriers and those in self-isolation. The participation of those in quarantine as well as virus patients was low with only some 3,000 votes cast.
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    קלפי למבודדים ברמת גן
    קלפי למבודדים ברמת גן
    COVID-19 patient casts vote in special ballot station on Tuesday
    (Photo: Getty Images)
    The count of the double envelopes is expected to begin late on Wednesday and be completed by Friday afternoon because of coronavirus restrictions that limit the number of people able to count votes at the same time.
    Orly Adas, chair of the Central Election Committee, said on Wednesday that there were 450,000 double envelopes still to be counted and they could change the election results.
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    אורלי עדס מציגה את ערכת ההצבעה הסטרילית שתחולק למבודדי הבית
    אורלי עדס מציגה את ערכת ההצבעה הסטרילית שתחולק למבודדי הבית
    Central Election Committee Chair Orly Adas
    (Photo: Central Election Committee)
    She added that despite the decline in voter participation, Israelis still came out in greater numbers than in the 70 other countries that held elections since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
    "In [those countries] the voting procedure is the same as here - manual - and there was a decrease of about 20%. For us, the decline [from previous elections] was relatively low."
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