I am a soldier. Where do I vote?
Soldiers may vote either on their base or in the civilian voting station according to their home address as registered in the Population Registry. Voting in both locations is a criminal offence.
Soldiers voting on base must provide both civilian identification and their valid military ID card.
I am drafting on Election Day. Where do I vote?
It is recommended in your situation to vote at your designated voting station before going to the induction base. If that is not possible, you will be allowed to vote at the induction base. In any event, you are not permitted to vote in both locations.
Voting for Police Officers
Police officers may vote, even if not in uniform, at any voting station in the country including their designated voting a station per their home address in the Population Registry.
If voting at your designated home voting station, you will be expected to provide identification as detailed in the “Voting Procedure” section
In any other voting station, you will be expected to show a valid police ID, and you will pale your vote in an additional external envelope (double envelope).
If a police officer is unable to vote in her home voting station and does not have valid police ID, they must show a special CEC permission form. In this situation, she will also vote with an additional external envelope.
Voting in Prisons
Prison voting stations may be used by any prisoner, detainee, or warden in that prison, as well as any police officers serving at that prison. The Voting Station Secretary is also allowed to vote in that station, as are Voting Station Committee members who are working in that station for at least six hours.
Voters must provide identification as detailed in the “Voting Procedure” section. A prisoner may use his prison ID card, and a police officer may use his police ID card. Each voter’s identification will be verified by the voting station secretary, while the secretary will present ID to the voting station committee members.
I have not received a voting card. What do I need to do?
There is no requirement to show a voting card to vote. If you do not know your designated voting station’s address, you can find it address through any of the following services:
- On the CEC website – when the page is ready, there will be a link to search page
- Call the Ministry of Internal Affairs at 1-800-222-290. The hotline is manned on Sundays through Thursdays from 8:30am until 8:00pm and on Fridays until 1:00pm. Languages: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Amharic and English
- Send a text message / SMS 24 hours a day to 050-808-5500 or a fax to 1-800-222-291
Please note that you will be asked for both your ID number and the ID card’s date of issue.
Must I present my voting card at the voting station?
No, you are not required to show your voting card to vote. Voting cards are meant to inform voters of their designated voting stations’ address, and they also have the voters’ ordinal number in the voting stations’ voters list, which makes it easier for the committee members to locate their names when they come to vote. The only things required to vote is identification as detailed in the “Election Day Voting Procedure” section.
How is a voter identified at the voting stations?
Any of the following documents may be provided as ID:
- Israeli ID card (Teudat Zehut)
- Valid driver’s license
- Valid passport
- Valid military ID card issued by the Israel Defense Forces
- Valid Israel Police ID card
- For current members of the outgoing Knesset, a Knesset ID card
What are the voting hours?
Most voting stations open at 7:00am and close at 10:00pm. In small communities of fewer than 350 voters, eldercare facilities, special residences, hospitals, and prisons, voting house are from 8:00am until 8:00pm.
The link of communities in which voting hours are from 8:00am until 8:00pm, sorted by election region, will be provided soon.
Must I seal the envelope into which I place my ballot slip?
There is no legal requirement to seal the envelope and no one is authorized to require that from a voter.
May one photograph a voting station?
It is forbidden to photograph a voting station. This is true also for members of the voting station committee. At the same time, the Central Elections Committee appoints Election Purity Inspectors to supervise various voting stations, and they alone are permitted to photograph within the voting station, per the decision of the previous CEC Chairman, Justice Neal Hendel, in ruling 23/8 בה"ש.
Do blank ballot slips get counted as votes?
Blank white voting slips are provided for the possibility of a lack of voting slips for a specific party. In such a case, a voter may handwrite in blue pen only the letter or letters of the party for which he is voting.
A blank slip cast with nothing written on it is counted as an invalid vote and is not counted in the sum of valid votes cast.
What are outer / external envelopes?
Additional external voting envelopes are provided to votes who are voting in stations other than their designated home voting station and do not appear in the voters list of the station at which they vote. The regular voting envelope is placed inside the outer envelope. The voter’s personal details are written on the outside of the external envelope, to ensure that the voter did not vote in more than one location. Once it is verified that this voter voted only once, the outer envelope is removed and the internal envelope containing the voting slip is added anonymously to the other voting envelopes before they are counted.
There are two groups of voters who use double envelopes:
- Soldiers, prisoners, and hospital patients who vote in the voting stations provided in or near their stations
- Voters who are prevented from voting in their designated home voting station, and the law recognizes this, for example: police officers, persons with mobility impairments, and certain voting station employees.
What changes to the current election campaign are expected due to the Covid 19 pandemic?
In the coming days, a separate, comprehensive file will be publicized, containing all the updates relevant to elections in the wake of Covid 19.