Low turn-out in Israeli mayoral, council elections

By 8:30 p.m. 42 percent had voted, down from last elections; party leaders urge voters to cast a ballot; Tel Aviv's Huldai and Jerusalem's Barkat fighting to keep their jobs; polls closed at 10 p.m.

October 22, 2013 22:03
PM Binyamin Netanyahu votes in Jerusalem's municipal elections, October 22, 2013.

Netanyahu Jerusalem elections 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Low voter turnout was reported in cities across the country when Israelis went to the ballot box for municipal elections on Tuesday, with 42.63 percent of Israel’s 5,469,041 eligible voters casting their votes at the country’s 8,771 polling stations as of 8:30 p.m.

The numbers were a significant drop from 2008, when 51% of voters took part across Israel, and far below the 66.6% turnout in the last Knesset election.

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