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More than 750, 000 Israelis Vote in First 3 Hours

In the 2013 election, only 11.4 percent of the voters had made it to the polls by 10 AM.


Some 13.75 percent of eligible Israeli voters cast ballots in the first three hours of the elections for the 20th Knesset, based to data released by the official electoral commission Tuesday morning.

There are 5, 883, 365 eligible voters in Israel, who are choosing from 25 party lists, in 11, 666 voting stations.

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Besides the 25 voting ballots, Israeli voters are also provided with blank notes they can either use to write-in a candidate or to express their protest by casting a blank vote.

Official data showed a 2.3-percent increase in voter turnout compared with the last elections, two years ago.

In the 2013 election, only 11.4 percent of the voters had made it to the polls by 10 AM.

That number rose quickly to 26 percent by 11 AM.

The vote began at 7 AM sharp, and voting stations will close at 10 PM precisely.

Official election results will be announced on Thursday, according to the commission.



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