Voting begins in IDF bases

Soldiers to vote for 72 hours in 640 polling stations. Soldiers of the Special Tasks Engineering Unit were the first to vote.

Kobi Finkler,

Voting at IDF bases
Voting at IDF bases
IDF Spokesperson's Unit

In order to enable all IDF soldiers to exercise their right to vote in the elections for the 21st Knesset, approximately 130 mobile polling stations will be deployed in outposts and remote units. In order to prevent a double vote, all soldiers will vote in a double envelope with a barcode with their identity card according to the "double envelope" method. The polling stations in Eilat, the Arava and the Golan Heights will be passed to the Central Elections Committee for counting on Wednesday morning.

In the IDF, about 640 polling stations will be opened, the soldiers will vote over 72 hours in seven commands and branches, and the commands will be divided into 55 additional areas in which regional and unit election officers will be appointed.

Voting in the IDF bases began last Saturday night, 06.04.19 with the opening of the first polling station for the soldiers of the Yahalom Unit in a base in the center of the country.

• From Saturday night until this evening, 55 polling stations will be open for early voting in light of operational circumstances and special needs - voting in an exercise in the north, voting in the routine security sectors, the regional commands, the naval bases and the areal defense array.

• In the elections for the 20th Knesset in 2015, 71.3% of those serving in the IDF voted in IDF bases in the elections for the 20th Knesset, and another 10% of IDF service members voted in civilian polling stations. Nationally, voter turnout stood at 71.8%.

• Approximately 2,500 soldiers in mandatory service will serve as members of polling stations in all units.

• Approximately 3,200 lone soldiers and those eligible for assistance will serve as paid poll workers at civilian polling stations as part of an initiative in cooperation with the Central Elections Committee.