This Time, The Dead Won't Vote!

Counting ballots of soldiers and absentees, January 24, 2013.

The Ministry of the Interior has announced special directives to make sure that the fraud and irregularities of last October's Municipal Elections, will not be repeated at the re-votes taking place in Beit Shemesh and Nazareth.

The Jerusalem and Supreme courts ordered new elections in Beit Shemesh and Nazareth, overturning the municipal election result of 20th October 2013, due to "widespread and systematic acts of fraud which was intended to change the election results".

Whereas the ballots are usually supervised by local residents and political parties, in the new elections only government employees "professionals with experience in managing the election process, from outside the city" will be used to supervise the balloting process. Furthermore, the Ministry has ordered massive police presence, to ensure that the new elections will be law-abiding.

Some of the allegations following the previous elections in Beit Shemesh were regarding the supervisors at balloting stations who may have participated in fraud and irregularities, such as by collaborating with the voter-fraud, or taking matters into their own hands by invalidating voting slips for rival candidates.

Furthermore, the Beit Shemesh electoral lists were so inaccurate and out-of-date, that many non-residents and even dead people were still registered as voters - leaving the door wide open for the voter fraud and scams.

Following the last election, residents joked that special arrangements had been made in some balloting stations so that Cohanim had solely voted in the morning, as the dead people were voting in the afternoon.

Eli Cohen, the challenging candidate for mayor, recently announced at a campaign meeting in Beit Shemesh that "this time, the dead won't vote!".

The Ministry of the Interior seems to agree.


  1. Curious how they're handling the soldier vote. All of the safeguards listed above seem appropriate, but if they can't find a way to ensure that soldiers are able to vote, my guess is that this will probably create a significant and unfair disadvantage for Cohen, and for the non-haredi parties in general.

  2. I don't understand how non-residents were included in the voter lists - does that mean people who had actually moved out but didn't yet change their address in Misrad HaPnim?

  3. According to a recent facebook post, the 2 (wow that is massive fraud) dead people that "voted" and were cited in the court papers without addresses, both happened to live in areas where Eli Cohen received 70% of the vote.

    I guess Eli will have to figure out news ways to get those votes back....

    1. Jack - given how you have criticised David for using as a source, I am astounded you quote this spurious information as if it were a fact when it is from, um, "a facebook post".

  4. please explain this:
    professionals with experience in managing the election process, from outside the city.

    since this is basically a first and in past elections it was local volunteers, where are they going to find all of these experienced people?

    1. It doesn't seem complicated.
      The Ministry of the Interior organizes national and municipal elections. This requires a vast amount of manpower, particularly on election day. Their professional staff cannot be stretched anywhere near that far, so they organize, train and supervise thousands of volunteers or employ people for the day.
      This Beit Shemesh election is a single event local election; the Ministry's professional staff will suffice.


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