Policy Paper

HEALTHY DEMOCRACY: Choosing a Model for Safe Voting During Corona

Einat Ovadia, Eyal Lurie Pardes,Mor Hernik-blum
למאמרים נוספים לחץ: Einat Ovadia Eyal Lurie Pardes Mor Hernik-blum

20 December, 2020

 

This operational policy paper aims to address the constitutional, legal and logistical problems that are likely to arise should Israel go to the polls during the corona crisis. Studies show that in countries that adopted safe or expansive models that added new tools to the classic in-person vote, such as early voting or mail voting, the citizens’ right to vote was unimpaired and the elections did not lead to a surge in morbidity.

To adapt the voting system in Israel to the corona period, we propose to implement the safe model used in 13 countries by adding Article 70B to the Election Law on “voting arrangements in the event of a health emergency,” which would go into effect with the approval of a majority of 61 MKs.

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