New: Heavy Turnout in Israeli Elections 8PM Isr. Time 59.7%
The Central Election Committee says that 59.7% of those eligible to vote for the 18th Knesset exercised their right to do so by 8 pm Tuesday.
In the 2006 elections, 57.1% of those eligible to vote did so by 8 pm. (Aviad Glickman)
The Central Elections committee announced that 50.3% of Israeli citizens eligible to vote in Tuesday's general elections have exercised their right to do so by 6 pm, marking an increase in voter turnout from the 2006 elections (47.2%).
Early voter turnout in Israel's general election Tuesday was heavier than expected, standing at 34 percent of the electorate by 2 P.M.
In contrast, only 31 percent of voters had cast ballots by the same point during the last election in 2006. If the voter turnout remains constant throughout the day, the final rate could reach 69 percent, as opposed to 63.5 percent in the 2006 vote.
This is the day voters in Israel decide what kind of government they want to represent them going into talks with the Palestinians. Updates throughout the day.
For the third time in nine years, and exactly 1,050 days after the previous elections, Israelis are once again go to the polling stations on Tuesday.
Voting commenced at 7 am across the country, allowing the 5,278,985 eligible voters to cast their ballots and determine the makeup of the 18th Knesset.
At the end of a tense elections campaign, conducted mostly under the shadow of the war in Gaza, all parties were gearing up for the final battle over each and every voter.
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