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Central Elections Committee to shuttle COVID patients to polling stations

A bus converted into a polling station ahead of the Knesset elections, in a photo released March 8, 2021. (Chaim Levy/Central Elections Committee)
A bus converted into a polling station ahead of the Knesset elections, in a photo released March 8, 2021. (Chaim Levy/Central Elections Committee)

Israel will fund special shuttles to polling stations for active COVID-19 patients during the March 23 Knesset elections, Central Elections Committee director Orly Adas says, alongside further adaptations forced by the pandemic that will turn the election into the most expensive in the country’s history.

Adas also tells reporters that dozens of buses will be converted into ballot stations for people in quarantine and to lower crowding in certain polling stations.

The committee is also weighing placing voting stations at Ben Gurion Airport, so that arrivals to the country will be able to vote there before they enter home quarantine.

A bus converted into a polling station ahead of the Knesset elections, in a photo released March 8, 2021. (Chaim Levy/Central Elections Committee)

There are currently around 40,000 active COVID-19 cases in the country, and 120,000 others are in quarantine.

There will be some 15,000 voting stations throughout the country, more than the normal 11,000, Adas says, in hopes of limiting potential infections at crowded stations.

The parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee has approved the CEC’s budget totaling NIS 674 million ($202 million), including NIS 237 million ($71 million) for facing the challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.

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