Israeli soldiers begin early voting

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli soldiers began voting in the country’s elections.

The first polling booth opened Jan. 20 at the Kirya, the main army base in Tel Aviv. Soldiers and officers who will be unable to vote Jan. 22 because of their duties began voting. Navy personnel also started voting the same day.

In all, 750 special polling stations will be set up for Israel Defense Forces personnel, including 100 portable stations, according to the IDF.

Early voting for Israelis in the military is allowed by law up to 72 hours before Election Day.

The military is hoping for an 80 percent to 90 percent turnout. Soldiers have been reminded to bring their national identification cards from home in order to be eligible to vote.

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