Israelis begin voting in municipal elections delayed twice since Oct. 7

Polls open up nationwide so residents can cast their ballots in the municipal elections, which were slated for late October but delayed twice as a result of the Hamas-led terror onslaught that month and Israel’s subsequent war in Gaza against the terror group.

Polling sites in most locales will remain open until 10 p.m., though in some communities and military bases they will close earlier.

Seven million Israelis are eligible to take part in today’s vote, in which they will select the mayors and local council heads of 197 municipal authorities and 44 local councils. However, with entire areas of Israel still under attack, elections in the areas that were evacuated near Gaza and the border with Lebanon will be held nine months from now, on November 19.

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