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Printing house employee preparing ballots for the April 9 elections, March 20, 2019.

In preparation for the elections to the 21st Knesset, which will be held next Tuesday, April 9, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) is reporting that the estimate of the number of Israelis age 18 and over with voting rights living today in Israel is about 5.8 million.

This is despite the fact that the number of Israelis registered in the voter rolls stands at about 6.3 million.

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The reason is that the CBS does not count Israelis living abroad. Among other reasons, it is possible that Israelis who have been abroad for an extended period of time may have died and no notice has been given to Israel’s interior ministry.

Since the last elections were held in 2015 for the 20th Knesset, the number of eligible voters living in Israel increased by 8.1%, or 434,000.

79% of the eligible voters are Jews, 16% are Arabs, and 5% are “other.”

About 14% of eligible voters are young people ages 18-24 , about 30% are ages 25-39, and 32% are ages 40-59.

25% of eligible voters are ages 60 and over.

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