Polling stations open for soldiers, police


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Polling stations opened in Israel for soldiers and border police.

Two days before national elections, some 415 border police officers who will be working on Election Day voted. Also Sunday, conscripts and army reservists who would not be able to vote in their own communities on Election Day were eligible to vote at polling stations on bases throughout the country.

About 4,500 Israelis working in an official capacity abroad, including embassy and consulate employees, already have voted. There are no absentee ballots for regular Israelis living abroad, who must return to Israel in order to vote.  

Also Sunday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed Tzipi Livni and the Kadima Party after speculation that he might vote for the Likud Party or cast a blank ballot due to a rift with Livni, Ha’aretz reported.

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