Tel Aviv: Israelis who are ill with COVID-19 will be able to cast their ballots at drive-through polling stations, which officials hope will ensure a smooth election in March while reducing infection risk.
The March 23 parliamentary election, brought on time due to a premature political deadlock, is the country’s second after the global coronavirus outbreak. It is also the fourth in two years.
To improve the voting process, the National Election Committee said it would now open a drive-through ballot for people with COVID-19, a novel coronavirus-caused disease.
The voter would pull up to a station, a ballot box rolled up to their window, and they would then present their ID and choose a candidate without stepping outside.
“The director-general of the committee, Orly Adas, told reporters,” The station protects the confidentiality of the vote.
Polling station workers will wear protective equipment, and the committee is consulting with the Ministry of Health to come up with the safest protocol. He said it could only include stations with people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who have been vaccinated. Israel has reported more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,240 deaths.