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Polls report high numbers as Israel votes yet again

Despite predictions of voter fatigue in Israel's third round of elections in less than a year and growing fears of the coronavirus outbreak, voter turnout early in today's elections has been high.
An Israeli soldier casts his ballot as he votes in Israel's national election in a mobile polling station at a military post outside the northern Gaza Strip, in southern Israel March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen - RC2NBF9S65NP

Turnout was high for the Israeli elections today, with 27.6% of eligible voters casting their ballots by noon. The numbers contradict prior estimates of voter fatigue in the country's third elections in a year. Concerns over the coronavirus deterring voters were proven wrong, as were fears that foreign states or agents would try to influencing voting rates with misinformation. In fact, turnout as of noon was the highest registered in Israel since 1999, when the leftist camp won the election.

The central election committee, police and health authorities prepared 14 polling booths designed to serve several thousand quarantined voters with sanitation measures and protective gear for poll workers. Preparations have also been made to address any misinformation spread about the virus.

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