Voter turnout for Israel’s elections has been high Tuesday morning, with 38.3% of voters exercising their right to vote by 2:00 p.m.
The turnout for this hour was 4.4% higher than in the last elections, in 2009.
The turnout by 12:00 noon was the highest since the 1999 election, 14 years ago. One quarter of registered voters voted in the first five hours of the election, with 10 hours left.
A high voter turnout is usually considered bad news for small parties that may not pass the threshold for entering the Knesset. It is also bad for hareidi parties, which enjoy a high turnout of their supporters and would rather see a low turnout among their rivals’ supporters.
Likud’s Gideon Saar was quoted as saying he is worried about the relatively high turnout in leftist strongholds.
Source: Arutz Sheva