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Polls predict new lows in Arab-Israeli voter turnout

Ahead of the Nov. 1 elections, most Israeli-Arab voters do not believe that their representatives in the Knesset are capable of bringing real change.
Israel's head of the mainly Arab Joint List Ayman Odeh casts his ballot accompanied by his family during the parliamentary election at a polling station, Haifa, Israel, March 2, 2020.

With just one week left before the final deadline Sept. 15 to submit lists of candidates for Israel’s November election, many polls show general apathy among the Arab population toward anything to do with the election.

Pollsters now anticipate unprecedented new lows in election participation and voting in the Arab sector. Voting rates in the Arab society are now expected to be slightly less than 40%, as compared to 44.6% in the last election, and as high as 64% in the March 2020 election with all the components of the Arab Joint List running as a unified bloc.

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