The 2015 Israeli Election Awards
It’s time for a bit of data mining with the election results. The full spreadsheet can be downloaded here for those who want to play the home game.
Here are the winners of this year’s Israeli Election Awards:
Most Spoiled* Ballots in a Major City
Generally, cities who were major United Torah Judaism voters had the most spoiled ballots. Likely because they couldn’t find the ?.
1. Modi’in Illit
- Eligible Voters: 23,529
- Number of Votes: 21,002
- Number of spoiled ballots: 1,136 (5.41%)
2. Bnei Brak
- Eligible Voters: 101,291
- Number of Votes: 81,065
- Number of spoiled ballots: 2,444 (3.01%)
Worst Voter Turnout
This dishonourable distinction is awarded to the Upper Golan town of Buq’ata. Only 5% of eligible voters exercised their democratic duty.
- Eligible Voters: 363
- Number of Votes: 17 (5%)
Worst Voter Turnout In A City With Over 1,000 Eligible Voters
The predominantly Bedouin Negev town of Abu Jwei’ad only had 19% of eligible voters show up to their Kalpi.
- Eligible Voters: 1,610
- Number of Votes: 313 (19%)
Worst Voter Turnout In A City With Over 10,000 Eligible Voters
Maghar in the Galilee pulled in a meager 47% of voters.
- Eligible Voters: 14,173
- Number of Votes: 6,687 (47%)
Best Voter Turnout In A City With Over 10,000 Eligible Voters
Modi’in Illit somehow wins this distinction AND the highest number of spoiled ballots
- Eligible Voters: 23,529
- Number of Votes: 21,002 (89%)
- Number of non-spoiled votes 19,866 (84%)
Unfortunately, we must disqualify Modi’in Illit due to their spoiled ballots, so the award goes to El’ad who had the best non-spoiled voter turnout in this category.
- Eligible Voters: 17,047
- Number of Votes: 15,105 (89%)
- Number of non-spoiled votes 14,877 (87%)
Best Voter Turnout
Congratulations to the little community of Mitspe Ilan who managed to get 96 out of their 97 eligible voters to the Kalpi. That one person who didn’t vote was probably out of town.
We Love Likud Award
The little town of Arab Al Naim voted a resounding 77% for Bibi’s party. In second place? The Joint Arab List at 15%.
- Number of Votes: 238
- Likud: 177
- Joint Arab List: 35
- Other: 19
We Love Zionist Camp Award
A tiny West Bank Kibbutz called Na’aran amazingly voted 85% for Buji’s party with Meretz in 2nd place. Not sure what they were going for there.
- Number of Votes: 55
- Zionist Camp: 47
- Meretz: 5
- Yesh Atid: 3
We Love Joint Arab List Award
We’ve got to hand it to the Joint Arab List. The (understandably) predominantly Arab towns really took a shine to them.
The towns of Qawa’in and Sandala both voted 99% for these guys.
The Pot Heads
Congratulations to the town of Kadita. Out of the 61% of eligible voters who remembered it was election day, 14% voted for the Green Leaf Party.
The Smol Ze Anahnu Award (The Left Is Us)
Meretz scored 62% of the votes and Joint Arab List 32% from the town of Nein.
Most Representative of the Rest of the Country Award
The winner of voter results that most closely resembled the actual votes of the rest of the country is Rehovot.
The biggest deviation from total results was The Joint Arab List, but all they were pretty much bang on with the rest of the parties.
Hope you all enjoyed nerding out with me!
* A few of you have asked what a spoiled ballot is. According to the Ministry of Interior website, a ballot is spoiled if any of the following happens:
- If a voting envelope contains anything other than the voting slip.
- If anything is written on the voting slip that may identify the voter
- If the voting slip does not look correct (size, shape, color or printing)
- The voting slip does not match the sample approved by voting manager
- 3 identical slips or more for one council, one party, inside one envelope will count as one spoiled ballot
- An envelope contains a blank voting slip
- An envelope contains a voting slip with a party code not officially recognized.
A voting slip that contains a party or candidate name handwritten in a non-official language (Hebrew or Arabic)
- 2 voting slips with 2 different parties in 1 envelope
- Handwritten slips that are not legible
- Voting slip that does not contain the letter code of the party