Frequently Asked Questions
Who can vote in the elections?
Every Israeli citizen aged 18 or over who is located in Israel on Election Day is eligible to vote in the election. Israelis of all religions and ethnic groups actively participate in the process.
Previously you had to have been an Israeli citizen for 90 days to vote, prior to the last election this was changed to 60 days. It is unclear what the status is for this election – we will be sure to update you as soon as the information becomes available.
How does one vote?
The answer to this can be quite complicated. In short, you go to a polling station, select the card with your chosen party’s symbol on it, place it in an envelope and put it in a ballot box. When polling station information available we will provide it here.
For full voting information, click here.
Can one vote before the elections or via absentee ballot?
Despite various proposals to increase the ability of Israelis to vote from abroad or before elections, currently, the ability to vote from abroad only exists for Israeli officials and/or diplomats in recognized roles abroad.
How often do we have National Elections?
Elections for a new Knesset are supposed to take place every 4 years, on either the 3rd Tuesday of the Jewish month of Cheshvan (October/November) or when the year prior was a leap year, the 1st Tuesday of Cheshvan. In reality, this rarely happens as the Knesset tends to dissolve ahead of time due to a multitude of factors. The last time the elections took place at the appointed time was in 1988.
Who can run for the Knesset?
Individuals are unable to run for the Knesset, instead, they must run as part of a party’s list.
A legally registered party may include in their list any individual who meets the following criteria:
- Israeli citizen
- At least 21 years old
- Those who do not currently, or have not very recently (length before running depends on position held) held one of the following positions: President, State Comptroller, Chief Rabbis or any Rabbi/minister receiving government salary, any judges or dayanim (religious court judges), or senior military officers or civil servants.
- Not an active duty soldier
- Did not serve a felony sentence of at least 3 months in the past 7 years.
Is the Knesset the Israeli Government?
No. While the terms are often (mistakenly) interchanged, the Knesset is the Israeli legislature, while the Israeli Government is a related-yet-different entity. More on that here (include link to relevant section)