Every locality must have at least one accessible polling station that is set up for voters with mobility disabilities to vote.
- Accessible polling stations include:
- Two marked handicapped parking spots
- Access to the pavement built according to code
- Paths and access points built according to code
- Accessible openings of 80 cm into the ballot boxes
- Localities that have more than 20 polling stations are required to have at least 2 polling stations accessible for people with mobility disabilities.
- A person with mobility disabilities that is registered to an inaccessible polling station may vote in any "special accessible polling station" - polling stations accessible for people with mobility disabilities and use the double envelopes.
- For a map of accessible polling stations all over the country see the Central Knesset Elections Committee website.
Who is Eligible?
- Anyone who has the right to vote that has mobility restrictions because of their physical condition (temporarily or permanent) and is therefore unable to vote at an inaccessible polling station.
How to Claim It?
Voting at an accessible polling station
- You can see on the message to the voter if the polling station he is assigned to is accessible for people with mobility disabilities.
- Voting in accessible polling stations is done using the same method used in all of the polling stations.
Voting in special accessible polling stations
- A person with mobility disabilities that is registered to an inaccessible polling station may vote in any "special accessible polling station."
- One of the following forms of identification must be presented at the polling station:
- Teudat Zehut (ID card) (regular or bio-metric
- A valid Israeli passport
- A valid drivers license with a picture
- Knesset member identification
- Someone whose disability is not obvious, or who does not have a certificate indicating that he is restricted in mobility, must sign a declaration that he is restricted in mobility and give it to the secretary of the voting committee.
- Voting is done with external envelopes ("Double Envelopes"):
- The voter receives a voting envelope from the voting committee, goes behind the curtain (into the voting booth), puts the ballot paper of his choice into the envelope and closes the envelope.
- This voting envelope is inserted into an external (double) envelope, on which the voter information is recorded (name, teudat zehut number and address).
- The outer envelope (that has the voting envelope in it) must be dropped into the ballot box, which holds the other voting envelopes.
- At the end of Election Day, after the polling station closes, all the outer envelopes are gathered and organized together.
- The external envelopes from all the polling stations are sent to the Central Knesset Elections Committee where they check the external envelopes to make sure no one voted twice.
- After this check, all of the voting envelopes are removed from the external ones so that they have no identifying information and they are send to election committees to count the votes. The secrecy of voting is maintained during this process.
Voting in a polling station set up in an institution
- A person that because of his mobility disabilities that is lives in an institution that has a polling station in it (by order of the Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services) may bote in that polling station.
- The Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services may authorize a polling station in an institution if more than 50 people with mobility disabilities live in it and the institution is under the oversight of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services
- A voter that has difficulty with the physical actions required to vote may bring a he:companion with him to help him vote.
- A person who signs a declaration that he is restricted in mobility, when in fact he is not restricted, commits a criminal offense with a penalty of up to 6 months in prison.
- People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, mental health issues or Autism are entitled to receive public services without waiting in line. For additional information see Individuals with Intellectual or Mental Disabilities or with Autism are Exempt from Standing Online in Public Places.
Laws and Regulations
- The Knesset Elections Law - section 68a
- Regulations for Equal Rights for People with Disabilities (adjustments to make services accessible)
- Special accessible polling stations - the 22nd Knesset Elections on the Central Knesset Elections Committee website
- List of Polling Stations for the 22nd Knesset Elections (including showing which are special accessible stations) on the Central Knesset Elections Committee website
- Instructions for Voting Committee Members on the Central Knesset Elections Committee website
English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.