Yesh Atid turned to the Central Elections Committee on Tuesday, claiming someone had maliciously moved their slips in an effort to intentionally confuse votes.
Yesh Atid slips are marked with the Hebrew letters “Peh-hey” which spell “Po” which is Hebrew for “here.” The party complained that voters were getting confused because someone switched the slips for Yesh Atid with the slips for a party called “Hayim B’Kavod” [Living with Dignity] a party which did not pass the two percent threshold in polls prior to the election. Hayim B’Kavod slips are marked with the same Hebrew letters in the opposite order – “hey-peh” and Yesh Atid claimed that someone moved the Hayim B’Kavod slips to the spot reserved for Yesh Atid in order to confuse voters.
In response, the CEC mandated that polling directors must check the booths every half hour to ensure that no one had switched the slips for Yesh Atid and Hayim B’Kavod. In each voting booth, there is a specially constructed drawer with spots for the slips of each of the 32 parties running.