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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Likud voting extended until midnight, another day may be added

The Likud has extended primary voting from 10:00 pm to midnight on Sunday night, and it may yet add another day of voting (Hat Tip: Shy Guy).
The Likud party primary vote has been extended until midnight, the Likud Central Election Committee decided Sunday evening, due to issues with electronic polling machines. However, it was still possible that an additional voting day would be added.


Likud primary voting got off to a rough start Sunday morning with electronic voting machines throughout the country suffering outages and problems. Technicians were working to fix the problem.
"It's very frustrating," said Balaclav Polina, a Likud member who had been waiting to vote since polling stations opened at 9:00 a.m.. "There hasn't been this big a mess in the past."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cast his own ballot Sunday morning in Givat Ze'ev and called on the Likud’s 125,351 members to vote in the tight primary race, while activists released lists of recommended candidates in light of Operation Pillar of Defense and the security situation in the South.
Seemingly acknowledging the voting problems, Netanyahu said he voted without any issues.
A representative for Amanet, the company responsible for the primary logistics and voting machines, declined to comment on the problems Sunday. The employee responsible for computerization of voting was in meetings, an Amanet representative said.
Well, now I know where to vote the next time.... 

Israel Radio reports that Amanet has been used by other political parties in the past with similar results. Maybe it's time to look for something different?

P.S. For all you Americans: We needed our identification cards to vote.  



At 9:22 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, after the 2nd day, check out the voter turnout. In some places in the US, it is something like 122% of registered voters. Where I live, the *legally required* voter roll maintenance procedures and database purges have not been done since 2005 and no one has had any legal trouble because of it. And when the new person took the first *legally required* step and sent out postcards by mail, the usual suspects starts caterwauling about "voter suppression" and "racists"!!!

Mazel tov that you are using photo IDs. Just that would cut back on the cheat...


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