An Average Israeli Polling Station: A Photo Essay

The polling station in our Jerusalem neighborhood is no different than any other polling station throughout the nation.
 
On election day no campaign commercials are allowed. However, provided that they are located at a minimum distance of 50 meters (164 feet) from the door of the polling station, campaign posters may be displayed and campaign workers may hand out campaign material.
 
Here are some examples:
                               

Tzipi Livni's HaTnua Posters and Campaign worker

Tzipi Livni’s HaTnua Posters and Campaign worker

Meretz Party Campaign Worker

Meretz Party Campaign Worker

Labor Party Campaign Poster

Labor Party Campaign Poster

HaBeit HaYehudi (Naphtali Bennett’s party) with the image of one the list’s more religious members

HaBeit HaYehudi (Naphtali Bennett’s party) with the image of one of the list’s more religious members

Yahadut HaTorah (ultra-orthodox party) "portable poster "

Yahadut HaTorah (ultra-orthodox party) “portable poster “

Most polling places are located in neighborhood schools.
Entrance to Polling Station

Entrance to Polling Station

Notification to the voters about their rights and the type of identification documents accepted are posted outside of the polling station.

Notifications for Voters

Notifications for Voters

Inside the polling station voters present their Israeli identity card to the election board composed of three people.
election board

election board

Once identity has been confirmed, the voter receives his or her blue voting envelope, (in the center of the photograph), and in the privacy provided by the blue plastic divider chooses the paper ballot of his choice inserts it in the envelope and seals the envelope. 
the actual voting station

the actual voting station

The voter inserts his vote into the ballot box in full view of the election board and after voting his or her Israeli identity card is returned to them. 

A citizen votes

An Israeli citizen votes

Only then does the next voter step up to the election board table.
another Israeli voter presents his identity card

another Israeli voter presents his identity card

And once he is properly identified continues forward to the election station.
Ultra-orthodox Israeli preparing to vote

Ultra-orthodox Israeli preparing to vote

There are also polling places set up in hospitals,
Voting at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba (Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yeshuv for Yediot Aharonot)

Voting at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba (Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yeshuv for Yediot Aharonot)

 
and prisons 
Prisoners also vote. Rimonim Prison (Photo: Gur Dotan for Yediot Aharonot)

Prisoners also vote. Rimonim Prison (Photo: Gur Dotan for Yediot Aharonot)

  
As you can see actual voting in The State of Israel is very low technology. But it is this straightforward and simple method which ensures Israeli Democracy.
 
 
This photo essay was created following the national guidelines for photography in polling stations. All photographs for this blog post (excepting as credited to other sources) are by Isa David-Ben-Rafael and are owned by IsraeLightly
    
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