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IDF casts early ballots ahead of Israel Election Day
January 20, 2013 11:27
Some 800 mobile and stationary ballots to be made available to IDF troops by Israel's Election Day on Tuesday.
An IDF soldier stands with a ballot box at a base on the Golan Heights, during the 2009 elections

IDF voting Golan 09. (photo credit:Reuters)

Three days before Israel's official Election Day, members of the Israel Defense Forces began to vote Saturday night at a special polling station at the Defense Ministry compound in Tel Aviv. 

Dozens of soldiers were expected to cast their ballots there, while another 60 polling stations for soldiers were set to open Sunday and Monday, Israel Radio reported.

On Tuesday, when polls open for the general public across Israel, some 600 stationary and another 150 roving ballot boxes will be dispersed throughout every IDF unit in the country, the radio said.

The chief elections coordinator for the IDF, Colonel Avi Baruch, said he is determined to have every soldier everywhere exercise his or right right to vote. On Election Day, the IDF will set up a control room in the Knesset so that the army can respond quickly to any emergency situation that may arise.

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