Voting to Begin in Israeli Diplomatic Missions Abroad

Sheets of newly printed ballots are seen at the Palphot printing house in Karnei Shomron, in preparation for the upcoming general elections, on Tuesday. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

The diplomatic staff at Israeli missions across the world will be able to cast their early votes in the upcoming election starting from Wednesday night, Israeli time.

The Israelis in New Zealand will be the first to receive a chance to vote for their preferred parties, with voting in the location opening at 10 p.m. Israeli time, 9 a.m. Thursday in New Zealand.

After that, polling will begin at a total of 104 stations across Israel’s 100 diplomatic offices abroad, with the West Coast missions in San Francisco and Los Angeles the last to start voting.

This year, for the first time in Israel’s history, envoys will be casting their votes in the new missions in Morocco, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

The stations are set to remain operational for the next two days, Israeli authorities announced on Tuesday.

Under Israeli law, Israeli citizens are only allowed to vote in elections if they are physically located in Israel, but diplomats and their families are exempt from the rule and can vote from abroad.

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