Elections, Israeli Style

They're colorful. They're intense. They're like a carnival. They're democratic.

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Election Day in Israel is a public holiday, ensuring voter turnout of about 80 percent. After voting, there's not much to do except to go home and wait for the exit polls. Unless it's a close race, winners can look forward to celebration in the street under a shower of leftover ballot slips.

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Joshua Mitnick is a freelance journalist living in Israel. His articles have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Toronto Star, The Newark Star Ledger, and The Washington Times.