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Legislative elections were held in Israel to elect the members of the 24th Knesset on 23 March 2021.
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Note that the entire country constitutes a single electoral constituency. In Israel's proportional representation system, candidates represent national parties and not electoral districts or local constituencies. All registered Israeli citizens 18 years and over are entitled to vote. The 120 Knesset seats are then assigned in proportion to each party's percentage of the total national vote with the minimum required threshold for a party to be represented in the Knesset currently 3.25% of the total votes cast. In the 2021 election, with 4,410,052 valid votes, this represented a minimum of 143,327 votes.
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All 120 seats in the Knesset
61 seats needed for a majority
According to the coalition agreement signed between Likud and Blue and White in 2020, elections were to be held 36 months after the swearing-in of the 35th government, making 23 May 2023 the next election date. However, Israeli law stipulates that if the 2020 state budget was not passed by 23 December 2020, the Knesset would be dissolved and elections would be held by 23 March 2021.
On 2 December 2020, the Knesset passed the preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve the current government by a vote of 61–54. On 21 December 2020, the Knesset failed to pass a bill to avoid this dispersal by a vote of 47-49. Since the Knesset had failed to approve the 2020 state budget by the required deadline, at midnight IST on 23 December 2020, the government coalition collapsed and the 23rd Knesset was officially dissolved. In accordance with the law that the election must be held within 90 days after the dissolution of the Knesset, the date for elections to the 24th Knesset was automatically set for 23 March 2021.
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