Municipal elections to be vacation days in Israel

Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev expressed hope that having a day off for municipal elections will increase residents' involvement in local politics.

June 4, 2014 20:38
1 minute read.
Local surfers enjoy the waves in Tel Aviv

Summer beach 370. (photo credit: GPO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Workers will get the day off after going to the polls for municipal elections, according to a bill authorized this week by the Knesset Interior Committee for its second and third (final) readings.

Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s initiative would have municipal election day be a vacation day across the country.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“Having a vacation day could increase voter turnout, which is important for strengthening the legitimacy of elected officials and creating strong coalitions in local authorities,” Sa’ar said on Monday.

The minister said that it will be logistically easier to hold elections in schools when it is a day off.

Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev (Likud Beytenu) expressed hope that having a day off for municipal elections will increase residents’ involvement in local politics.

Most of the lawmakers in the committee supported the bill, but MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) pointed out that a day off of work costs the market NIS 1.8 billion and that those who work by the hour will lose money.

In addition, he said, the bill could lead to lower voter rates because people may go on trips on election day.

Maklev suggested that the bill be changed to only half a vacation day, but the other MKs voted against the change.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN