Israeli citizens, of whom 5,469,041 are 17 years old and older and may vote in local elections, will be electing their local leaders in municipal elections Tuesday.
Israel's local authorities are classified into three main categories: municipalities, for cities; local councils, which are usually smaller communities that do not qualify as cities; and regional councils, which are usually relatively large areas that hold a number of small communities, often agricultural in nature. Elections for the regional councils are held separately from those to the two other kinds of local authorities.
Unlike national elections, voting in local elections is done with two ballots, in two separate envelopes. In one ballot, the voter selects the candidate he prefers as head of his local authority. In the second, the voter selects the party list he wants to represent him in the municipal or council assembly.
Reports from the ballot boxes will be relayed, after counting, to the election manager in each local authority, who will relay them to the central headquarters of the Election Committee and the Ministry of Interior at Kfar Hamaccabiya in Ramat Gan.
Interior Minister Gideon Saar said at a news conference Sunday that he has two messages for the voters. The first is to take part in the elections, which are “the way in which reality can be changed or preserved.” The second is to keep elections fair and untainted.
The Interior Ministry’s elections information hotline, which also offers service in the English language, should be reachable at 1-800-800-508. However, 9 out of 10 attempts by Arutz Sheva to reach the number Tuesday morning produced a busy signal.