With some 5,656,705 voters eligible to cast ballots Tuesday, at 10,132 polling stations, language barriers and dozens of parties in the running may make voting difficult for some of Israel’s newer citizens. With that in mind, The Times of Israel has prepared a brief guide to assist those who are considering exercising their right to vote.
The Central Elections Committee provides a wealth of information on its website — from where to vote, to what types of ID are acceptable to gain entrance to the voting booth (all Israeli citizens must present a valid form of identification in order to vote).
The Ministry of Internal Affairs was to have sent every Israeli citizen eligible to vote a notification card prior to election day, directing them to their correct polling station. For those who did not receive such a card, it’s possible to find out online where the assigned voting station is located. An Israeli ID card, a valid Israeli driver’s license, or an Israeli passport is required in order to cast a vote. An English-language information center is also available at 1-800-200-135.
Most polling stations are open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. In smaller communities (fewer than 350 voters), prisons, detention centers and hospitals, they will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Voters who wish to review a list of the 32 parties that are running — and their candidate lists — may do so here. The Times of Israel’s Raphael Ahren provided a guide to the parties running, available here.
Finally, according to Israeli law voters living more than 20 km from the assigned polling station are entitled to free transportation to said station. More information is available on the Central Elections Committee website.