Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Thursday is the final day for citizens in more than 100 local authorities to
ensure they are eligible to vote in the October 22 municipal elections before
the Interior Ministry’s voter registration rolls are closed.
citizens must be 17 by the day of the race and registered as a resident at their
proper address. They must bring a valid identity card, driver’s license or
passport to their polling place.
To verify whether the Interior Ministry
has their proper address, citizens can check the government website
kalpi.elections.gov.il, call the ministry’s election information hotline
1-800-800- 508, or text their identification number at 052-999-1919. The hearing
impaired can fax a request at 1-800-800-608. If voters’ addresses are out of
date, they should report to the Interior Ministry branch closest to their home
By 21 days before elections, each voter is to be sent a
notice that includes the address of the appropriate polling place, whether it is
handicapped-accessible and its hours of operation.
Voters are to select a
candidate for mayor and a list of candidates for city council on two separate
ballots. The final day for candidates to join the race is next
The final list of candidates following appeals is to be published
on October 3.
Many municipalities are expected to hold a second round of
voting on November 5 after no candidate receive 40 percent of the vote in the
first round. This is more likely to happen in cities that have more than two
candidates. Jerusalem suburb Mevaseret Zion, for instance, has seven mayoral
Yehoshua Oz, editor of consumer affairs and information
, who compiled an English-language guide for voters, urged
Israelis – veterans and immigrants – to ensure they are eligible to
“The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights a citizen can
exercise,” Oz said. “As new citizens, it can often be difficult for immigrants
to know how to do things that might be natural for them in their country of
origin. No Fryers attempts to take the confusion out of mysterious and complex
processes, and the Ministry of Interior has made this much easier with the
multiple ways they are giving citizens to check their eligibility to vote.”