The Charedi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism have recorded a spectacular electoral success, having both gained eight seats with 98% of the votes counted.
This represents a 23% increase in their electoral representation in the Knesset and will surely give them even greater political clout in the new government in which they will almost certainly be huge actors.
Modi’in Illit is reporting 98% turnout, Elad 99%, and Bnei Brak 83%. As of 9:30 Wednesday morning, Beitar Illit was reporting 105% vote turnout, in what appears to be some kind of counting error.
As reported on GreaterLakewood, voting this year was taken extremely seriously. The belzer Rebbe told a chassid to postpone a business trip off until after elections, and R’ Chaim Kanievsky said one need not listen to a father who says not to vote. Rabbanim and admorim released a letter urging everyone to vote as well.