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IDF soldiers around country vote early ahead of March 23 election

IDF soldiers begin voting today ahead of the March 23 election.

Some 330 ballot boxes have been distributed among military bases around the country for early soldier voting, to take place today only.

Further voting will take place in bases on election day itself. Today’s early vote is meant to help speed up vote counting on the day, as soldiers use the “double envelope” system for absentee votes that ensures their anonymity, but is more time-consuming to count.

Soldiers oversee early voting for the 24th Knesset on an IDF base, March 17, 2021 (IDF)

Authorities expect a much higher rate of absentee votes this year because of the many Israelis in quarantine or hospitalized due to coronavirus.

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