Israel Election Day is a Holiday - Shabbaton
Hebrew: יום הבחירות - יום חופש
Election day in Israel IS a non-working - a holiday - also known by the term Shabbaton. The following services however, will be operate as usual
- Employees of the Central Elections Committee - anyone who works for the committee or provides a service to the committee, and for Elections Day only, any employee of the political parties running for office or anyone providing for them a service.
- Transportation services, parking lots and gas stations
- Restaurants, cafes, kiosks, hotels and inns.
- Industrial or agricultural factories which have round-the-clock production.
- Communications services.
- Water and electricity utilities.
- Fuel supply and delivery.
- Theaters, cinemas, and other places of entertainment.
- The press, radio, and television.
- Bread, fruit, vegetables, and dairy transport, on Elections Day until 11:00 AM.
- Grocery stores between 6:00 AM and 12:00 PM (up to 6 hours).
- Baking of bread and production of dairy products.
- Hospitals and medical services which function on Shabbat or holidays on special schedules will operate at the same times on Elections Day.
- Security forces and all types of rescue services.
- Burial services.
- All other services that operate on Shabbat or holidays on special schedules will operate at the same times on Elections Day.
Employees of all of these services will be given the opportunity to vote during the course of the day.
Extra Reading & Resources
- Election Overview
- 2015 Election Results
- 2015 Ministries
- Voter's Roll
- Disabled Voters
- Elections Abroad
- Voter's Slip
- Who are you voting for?
- Election Updates
- Knesset Members