80% of soldiers' votes counted: Kadima in, Bayit Yehudi 12
LAST UPDATED: 01/24/2013 11:35
With over 80% of the "double envelope" votes counted on Thursday morning, Bayit Hayedi was set to win 12 seats, while Kadima crossed the threshold with two seats and the Raam-Taal party dropped from five to four seats.
The votes of 200,000 soldiers, plus those of prisoners and people in hospitals, were counted a day later than the regular vote.
These ballots are called “double envelope votes,” because many of them are listed in their army base or hospital, as well as in their home town, and it takes longer to count them, because the Central Elections Committee must check to make sure they did not vote twice.
Lahav Harkov contributed to this report