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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My comment to the Beit Shemesh election

The Beit Shemesh 'do over' election is over. The public paid millions of shekels to have a second election and the results show that it was a total waste of money.

If you read the Kalman Liebskind piece that was linked above, you will see that a total of 36 people were found to have voted without their identification cards. That's it. And in perhaps the biggest sign that the result was correct the first time, the difference between this time and last time was FOUR votes. If Moshe Abutbol (the incumbent who won both elections by a little less than a thousand votes) had not been Haredi there would never have been a second election. But don't expect anyone to apologize for the fraud perpetrated on the Israeli taxpayer. The media are still acting like there was fraud the last time.

As to the 'found' identification cards the last time, everyone who has been here in the Haredi community for long enough knows that Neturei Karta pays people not to vote and takes the identification cards for the day to ensure that those who are paid don't vote.

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At 6:39 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Did you read that article you posted earlier carefully? Nobody is claiming that the ID cards they found were in the possession of Neturei Karta. Rather, there were people who wanted to vote, but were afraid of being ostracized by people in their community for doing so. So they gave their IDs to some organization that arranges for people to proxy-vote for them using their ID cards, which is of course illegal.

The issues were that the courts had absolutely no evidence that more than 36 fraudulent votes were cast, and that there was enough evidence available to remove the vast majority of the zealot community from suspicion of voter fraud but the court refused to investigate the evidence.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Someperson12345 said...

Loyal, you don't seem to have read the article terribly carefully yourself. There is no "organization" which organizes this "proxy-voting." As far as we can tell from the article, there's just one self-proclaimed "activist" who is a bit overzealous to get his preferred candidate elected.


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