Today – the Knesset elections: about 423,000 eligible voters in Jerusalem

More than 1,000 polling stations across the city, some of which are accessible to people with special needs – all open until 22:00, voting is subject to guidelines to prevent the spread of the corona. Go out and vote

Posted on: 23.3.21 07:37

Today, Tuesday, March 23, 21, for the fourth time in two years – Election Day has arrived: the national elections for the 24th Knesset.

According to the Jerusalem Election Commission, there are about 423,130,000 eligible voters. As is customary, as in any national election campaign, this is a national sabbatical, so that all those with the right to vote in the city can exercise their civil right – to vote and influence the future of the State of Israel.

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As in previous elections, this year about 1,000 polling stations will be deployed in schools and community administrations, some of which are accessible to people with special needs. This year, due to the corona crisis, the Interior Ministry has increased the number of polling stations across the country, as well as in Jerusalem.

Voting begins at the polls, as usual, starting at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m. Each resident was to receive a voter notice in his mailbox with the details of the ballot number and address. Each resident was to receive a voter notice in his mailbox with the details of the ballot number and address. If you did not receive a voter message, you can find the voting location and eligibility to vote, on the Ministry of the Interior’s website, by entering personal details. The site is user-friendly and accessible in other languages, such as Russian and Arabic.

Where’s my ballot box? Click here

The ballot box must be reached with one of the following means of identification:
Israeli identity card (there is no obligation to present its appendix).
Israeli passport.
Israeli driver’s license.
Military certificate or police officer certificate.
Please note: The means of identification must be valid.

The fear of the corona: The election will take place in the shadow of the fear of the spread of the corona virus and therefore there are special guidelines for voters. Voters will be required to wear a mask whenever they are at the polls, and will be asked to take it off for a few seconds by the polling staff for identification purposes only.

The voting process: The voter will be asked to disinfect his hands, at the entrance to the polling station. Upon entering the room, the voter will hand over his or her means of identification to the secretary of the polling station committee. After handing over the identification means, the voter will take a step back, lowering the mask to chin height – for identification. As soon as he identifies, the voter will approach behind the curtain. Before voting, the voter will disinfect his hands a second time.
The voter will take the note with the nickname of the list he chose to put in the blue envelope (the voting envelope), which he will throw into the ballot box. At the end of the voting, the voter leaves the polling station, and will refrain from delaying the polling station.

Also, according to the new regulations – all voters and all members of the polling committee will wear masks throughout the day of voting, note that it is mandatory to wear the mask over the nose.

In addition, the secretary of the ballot committee may refuse entry and voting of a citizen who is not wearing a mask on his face (except in exceptional cases where there is a special permit from a doctor for not wearing a mask).

Voting a sick or isolated person in a “regular” ballot box is against the law and endangers the other people at the ballot box as well as the members of the ballot committee.

Police activity during the Knesset elections (Photo: Police Spokeswoman)

Police activity during the Knesset elections (Photo: Police Spokeswoman)

Where do verified patients who are in isolation vote? Verified patients and voters who must be isolated will be allowed to vote on the day of the Knesset elections at designated polling stations for verified patients only (who recover at home) and polling stations for isolated people only. The polling stations will be located in completely separate complexes from the regular polling stations, with polled patients’ counters will be in the “point and go” complexes only, while the isolated polling stations will be partly in Clalit HMO branches and public buildings and partly in the “point and go” complexes. If there are no designated polling stations for the isolated voter in the residential area of ​​the isolated voter, he must vote in the “point and go” ballots.

Importantly, there will be two types of “point and go” ballots. One is for verified patients, and the other is for home isolates. A verified patient will not be able to vote in the “point and go” ballots intended for the isolated and vice versa.

A verified patient is not allowed to arrive independently, and will therefore arrive by special transportation on behalf of the Central Election Commission. Eligibility for transportation is only for verified patients who appear on the list of patients of the Ministry of Health within the time limit of ten days before Election Day.
The isolated voter will have to arrive in his private vehicle, when traveling alone, and / or with members of the same household, who are also required to be isolated. If he is unable to get to the polls, the Central Election Commission sets up a transportation system for the benefit of all those house insulators who do not have a private car.

If the voter arrives with another voter who is a family member, the attendant will be required to get out of the vehicle and wait during the voting process and vice versa. (Assuming the family member is also sick or isolated). Leaving the house will be for voting purposes only, without any stopover. A verified patient will vote only at the ballot box designated for verified patients. At the same time, an isolator will vote according to his health condition.

Finding polling stations for corona voters – click here.

Finding polling stations for the voters required in isolation – click here.

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