Israeli election: Turnout high despite fears of coronavirus, voter fatigue

Turnout in Israel was high despite precautions over the coronavirus and concerns of voter fatigue Monday as voters participated in national elections for the third time in less than a year.

Election officials said more than 27 percent of voters had cast a ballot by noon, marking the highest turnout since 1999 as the parties of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and political rival Benny Gantz squared off in another effort to break a stalemate that’s frozen political progress.

Polls opened across Israel on Monday, five months after the previous vote failed to resolve the standoff.

Concerns were widespread that Israel’s strict regulations on self-quarantining to battle the coronavirus would depress turnout — 5,630 Israelis were confined to the their homes as part of national effort to prevents its spread.


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