After Likud primary snags, Labor to skip electronic balloting
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After Likud primary snags, Labor to skip electronic balloting

Computer system used by Likud to be replaced with old-fashioned pen and paper

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

A Likud voter at a computerized voting station (photo credit: Gideon Markowitcz/Flash90)
A Likud voter at a computerized voting station (photo credit: Gideon Markowitcz/Flash90)

The Labor Party announced Tuesday that its members would have to vote manually in Thursday’s primary elections, after computer problems crippled balloting for Likud earlier in the week.

While Labor’s voter database and ballot count will remain computerized, the actual voting process will be done the old-fashioned way, with voters marking their name of choice on paper.

Labor was scheduled to use the same computer program used by the Likud party, but in light of the recent failures the party decided to forgo electronic voting.

On Sunday, the computer program serving Likud malfunctioned multiple times, forcing the party to keep its balloting stations open for an extra day to accommodate members who had been unable to vote.

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