Quarter-million Votes Go to Parties That Won't Pass Minimum Threshold

It appears that some seven percent of voters, or at least 248,000 Israelis, cast their ballots for parties who will not pass the electoral threshold, and thus won't have seats in the 19th Knesset.

Ilan Lior
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The election results are not yet final, but it appears that 7% of voters cast their ballots for parties that did not pass the electoral threshold. This holds true assuming Kadima will be in the next Knesset and Otzma Leyisrael does not pass the threshold after all the votes are counted.

Thursday morning the final results will be published, which include the military vote, ballots from hospitals, prisons, Israeli embassies, and the votes of election officials and the physically disabled.

As of now, at least 248,000 Israelis voted for parties that did not pass the threshold, i.e. 7% of the valid votes. This number will probably rise after the absentee ballots are counted. These votes are not included when apportioning Knesset seats. The number of “lost” votes represents a sharp rise compared to the last elections, when parties that did not pass the threshold received 103,904 votes (3.1%). If the lost votes had been given to parties who did pass the threshold, they may have caused a shift in the map of political blocs.

The party closest to the electoral threshold (assuming that Kadima has passed it) is Otzma Leyisrael, headed by Knesset members Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari, which received 61,825 votes (representing 1.73% of the votes already counted). It appears that passing the threshold will require more than 74,000 votes, so it seems the party’s chances of being in the Knesset are slim. Its members can take comfort in the knowledge that according to law, parties that receive more than 1% of the votes are entitled to one funding unit, totaling NIS 1.33 million.

Am Shalem, headed by MK Chaim Amsellem, received 43,095 votes (1.2%), Green Leaf received 35,109 votes (0.98%), Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak’s Koach Lehashpia received 26,744 votes (0.75%), Eretz Chadasha, headed by Eldad Yaniv, received 26,331 votes (0.74%), Hayisraelim (the olim party) received 18,687 votes (0.52%), The Green and Young party received 7,538 votes (0.21%), and Dor Bonei Haaretz (the retirees) received 5,658 votes (0.16%). More than one quarter of Eretz Chadasha’s voters were from Tel Aviv. Rabbi Amsellem’s party was close to passing the threshold in Jerusalem, but received only a few votes in Bnei Brak.

Otzma Leyisrael came the closest to squeaking past the electoral threshold, but didn't make it in.Credit: Emil Salman

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