Election turnout at 14.8% as of 10 a.m., higher than in previous vote

Haviv Rettig Gur is The Times of Israel's senior analyst.

The first turnout figures for the 2021 election are out. Turnout has been rising steadily over the past three elections.

Will that rise continue this time around? There are reasons to think that it might.

The April 2019 election saw a turnout of 68.41%. In September 2019 it rose to 69.8%, and in March 2020 to 71.5%.

According to the Central Elections Committee, turnout by 10 a.m. was 14.8%, a slight rise from last year’s 14.5% at that hour.

One possible reason to expect that that bump will only grow over the course of the day: Last year, over 100,000 Israelis, mostly young, were traveling abroad on election day. That’s not happening this year, according to Population Authority figures. More Israelis are home, so more may find their way to their ballot station.