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Knesset seats: What happens to surplus votes?

The law dealing with surplus votes – meaning, those given to parties that don’t pass the threshold or those a party receives that don’t make up the number needed for a Knesset seat – is called the Bader- Ofer Law after Gahal MK Yohanan Bader and Alignment MK Avraham Ofer, who proposed it in 1973.
After the polls close at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, all eligible votes are counted. The threshold for a party to enter the Knesset is 2 percent of eligible votes, which in 2009 was 67,470.
The number is expected to be higher this year, as more citizens are able to vote.
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