Polling stations open for IDF, border police

Two days before elections, hundreds of soldiers, officers cast ballots at voting booths around Israel.

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Two days before general elections, the IDF and the Border Police opened polling stations around the country. At 8 a.m. Sunday, the Border Police opened three polling stations, one in the North, one in Kfar Saba, and one in the South. Throughout the day, 415 border police officers cast their votes. Reservists who had been called up in recent days and would not be able to vote at their designated polling stations on Tuesday were also permitted to cast ballots on Sunday. On Saturday night, as soon as Shabbat went out, the IDF opened the first polling station, on an Air Force base. This polling station was set up for soldiers leaving Israel to complete army missions abroad. The soldiers' votes, along with the ballots of diplomats abroad, prisoners, and patients in hospital, will be counted once all polls are closed on Tuesday night. A total of 5,278,985 citizens aged 18 and older are eligible to vote on February 10 for one of the 34 lists running for the 18th Knesset - a 5 percent growth in the number of voters compared to the general elections in 2006. Shelly Paz contributed to this report.