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Election Day- it’s all about being free

Election Day means democracy, the freedom to vote who you think should be the leader of your country, the freedom from having to work, and free events throughout the country.  Here is a taste of what’s going on:

  1. Free travel- if you are 20 km or more away from your voting district, you can travel there for free by bus or train.  It doesn’t matter what the reason is- according to Giyora Fords, Speaker of the Central Elections Committee, if you are registered to vote in Haifa but happen to be in Tel Aviv on Election Day, you can get a free round-trip ticket from Tel Aviv to Haifa that day.  If you do not qualify for that deal, you can get a free ride with Uber taxi (up to 40 shekels).  To get the discount, use the code “בחירות2015” in the app.
  2. Neot Kedumim will open its doors for free from 9:00-15:00 on Election Day.  There will be other activities for a fee such as guided tours, a train ride, and navigation through the park with quizzes and activities.
  3. To help get into the Pesach spirit, studio &Joy is offering grownups and families the chance to work with people with special needs to help package Pesach gifts and arrange flowers.  The workshop will take place from 10:00-15:00 in Studio And Joy in Park Afek in Rosh HaAyin.  To participate, call 03-9011735 or email
  4. Kids from ages 6-16 will be running the Youth Shuk HaPishPishim in Kanyon Savyonim in Yehud. There is no charge to participate and each item must be priced at 15 shekels or under.  It is too late to register but it is worth a meander if you are in the neighborhood.
  5. Kenyon Renanim in Raanana will be having its own snow city with snow delivered fresh from the Chermon!  Feel free to build snowmen, have snowball fights and more.  For more information, call 09-7470500.
  6. Help the elderly exercise their right to vote! The non-profit organization Kol Dorot is recruiting volunteers to accompany the elderly to their voting stations.  They put out a special call for help in Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, and Lod but are recruiting throughout the country.  To volunteer, call Nitzan at 052-454-5092 or to Kol HaDorot at 050-8818207.  For more information, go to their Facebook page.
  7. The National Parks have lots of special activities going on.  Parks that have activities with no additional charge other than the admission fee include Beit Guvrin, Einot Tzukim, Caesarea, Beit Shearim, Ein Prat, and Ein Prat.  For more information, go to the Reshut HaTeva web site.


Sources: Ynet, Mako

Free transportation on Election Day

According to the law, voters who on Elections Day are located at a distance of 20km or more from their designated polling stations are elligible for free transportation to their polling stations. A travel voucher will be given directly to the voter who presents either his/her identity card and its appendix with a current address, or his/her driver’s license together with the voter’s notification card that is delivered by mail.
Without the id card or diver’s license, the travel voucher will not be issued to the voter.
Travel will take place through the public transporation system – the intercity bus lines and Israel Railways. The voucher for the return trip will be valid also for the day after elections.
Travel vouchers will be available at the following locations and times:

  1. A voter using public transporation or Israel Railways can receive his/her round-trip voucher at all post offices around the country starting January 6, 2013 until January 21 2013.
  2. The voter travelling on Israel Railways will convert his/her voucher to a regular ticket at the cashiers of the train stations on Elections Day only. This ticket will allow return travel also on the day after elections.
  3. On Elections Day, vouchers will be distributed by a Central Elections Committee representative who will sit in the central bus and train stations.
  4. In special cases, vouchers will be distributed in the offices of the regional elections committees.

Those eligible for transport between Eilat and Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, or Be’er Sheva, will receive special Egged tickets at the Egged cashiers. These tickets will allow travel the day before elections and return the day after elections. Travellers to or from Eilat must preregister with Egged – either by phone 03-6948888 or *2800 or on Egged’s website: To travel from any bus station located between the Arava intersection and Eilat, one needs to get the voucher from a post office branch or a mobile post office, starting January 6, 2013 until January 21 2013.
The following are the information centers which can answer questions regarding transport on Elections Day: “Egged” National Information Center: 03-6948888 or *2800 / Kavim 03-6066055 Elit 02-5807777 Israel Railways 03-6117000 or *5770 Superbus Ltd 1-700-700-181 G.B. Tours 04-6570745 Connex *6686 Galim 08-6688700 Golan Public Transportation 08-6964025 or *3254 Metropolin *5900 Nativ Express 04-6570350 Afikim 03-5252555 Nazareth Tourism 04-6570577 Egged Transport – 08-6260555

For more information about the elections, go to the Knesset web site.

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