Multiple incidents of voter fraud were reported during elections day last week – including several arrests in Arab communities. Arutz Sheva spoke to Yisrael Zelkovitz, a volunteer who served as a member of a volunteer task force funded by the Samaria Residents’ Committee at polling stations tasked with uncovering and preventing voter fraud, to find out more about what really happened on elections day. The project was funded with Likud, Jewish Home, and Yisrael Beytenu support. Zelkovitz stated that he did see incidents of voter fraud, and even caught some suspicious activity on tape – including buying votes and extortion.
“During the day there were several attempts to cheat, but they were little things – like adding second ballots to envelopes for the United Arab List, and the addition of Joint List ballots to other ballot slip cells [as camouflage – ed.],” he noted. “These small things I remedied to the best of my ability.”
Zelkovitz noted that, at first, people did not question what a religious Jew was doing at an Arab community’s ballot-taking panel. A wide range of volunteers from all of the different sectors can typically be seen monitoring polling stations. When he was asked, he simply replied that the money was good.
However, he did fear losing his focus, at the risk of tainting the elections. “I didn’t even want to use the bathroom, for fear that if I left, someone would stuff the ballot box,” he said.