Elections in Israel
01.22.13 3:40 PM ET
CHART: Israeli Turnout At Record Highs, But Low Among Palestinian Communities
The big news so far out of the election is that Israeli turnout has been massive—nearly ten percent more have voted so far, by time of the day, than did in the last election in 2009. The Haaretz live-blog has been keeping track of the numbers and +972 Magazine just tweeted out this government-made chart showing turnout by hour over the past three elections:
The conventional wisdom was that a low turnout would hlep smaller parties at the fringes; if that logic holds, the high numbers could portend good results for the more mainstream right, such as Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu. That doesn't mean, however, the enthusiasm won't go for Israel's further right characters and parties, such as Naftali Bennett and his Jewish Home.