Despite an agreement on the matter, yeshiva students voting in Tuesday's Bayit Yehudi primaries have been turned away from polling places near where they study, Arutz Sheva has learned. The students are being told that they need to vote at a polling station near where they live – an almost impossible task, since many of the students in Hesder yeshivot who are participating in the primaries are in places of study far from their homes.
According to an announcement made after consultation with all the candidates, it had been decided that students would be permitted to vote at the polling station nearest their yeshiva. The issue in effect disenfrachises hundreds of party members who were being denied an opportunity to vote.
Polling supervisors said that the fault lay with the yeshiva administrators, who were supposed to transfer a list of students from their institutions to the nearest polling station. Without that list, party officials said, it was impossible to keep track of who voted, when and where.
One student told Arutz Sheva that he and his friends were turned away from voting. He did not attempt to vote again, saying that he was positive he would be able to cast a vote later on, because there were many others in his situation who were planning on complaining.