Ballots Invalidated at Kfar Kassem Voting Stations

Investigations into Arab voter fraud has real-time ramifications 1 week after elections, with hundreds of votes stricken from the results.

Orly Harari and Tova Dvorin,

Monitoring votes, Beit Safafa
Monitoring votes, Beit Safafa
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The saga of Israeli Arab voter fraud continues Tuesday - as initial investigations have already led to real-time changes in the final 20th Knesset elections results.

Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Supreme Court Justice Salim Jubran, has invalidated all of the votes from two Kfar Kassem voting stations on Tuesday, after multiple attempts of voter fraud were found.

Both stations were found to have reported nearly 50 votes more than the number of registered voters for each polling station. 

An Israel Police investigation has been launched as well.

The CEC also noted that 233 polling stations are under investigation. Of those, 26 polling stations reported unusual incidents (e.g. violence); 97 had a voter turnout over 90% - far more than average; 19 polling stations reported unusual results by locale (e.g. votes for the Joint List in what are normally right-wing Jewish communities - or, vice versa, votes for Yisrael Beytenu or Yachad in Arab communities); and 91 stations which are being investigated over possible human errors in ballot-counting.

Multiple incidents of voter fraud were reported during elections day last week - including several arrests in Arab communities. 

Even monitors sent by the Samaria Residents' Committee and other organizations to prevent voter fraud did not deter potential fraudsters, as Arutz Sheva revealed Monday - as one volunteer stated that he was approached and asked to participate by one of the CEC chairs monitoring voting in a round of ballot-stuffing.