WASHINGTON – The seven-week US election for the World Zionist Congress garnered over 123,000 votes, more than double the turnout of the last election in 2015 and the highest number of votes since the election began for the entire American Jewish community 30 years ago. More information can be found at azm.org/elections/results.
The total preliminary vote count is 123,629. Each slate’s total follows:
Vote Reform: 31,500
Orthodox Israel Coalition – Mizrachi: 21,698
Eretz Hakodesh: 20,023
MERCAZ USA: 14,666
ZOA Coalition: 10,313
American Forum for Israel: 8,132
Shas Olami: 2,046
Kol Yisrael: 1,752
Dorshei Torah V’Tziyon: 1,373
Herut Zionists: 1,157
Israel Shelanu: 769
Ohavei Zion: 375
Voting for U.S. representatives to the World Zionist Congress, the international “parliament of the Jewish people,” ended on March 11, and was conducted primarily online with thousands of paper ballots also sent in by postal mail. The results above are preliminary, including mailed ballots received to-date, and are subject to final certification by VOTEM, the election management company that is tallying the votes.
A total of 15 slates, comprised of nearly 1,800 candidates, were vying for 152 American seats for the Congress during the election organized and facilitated in the US by the American Zionist Movement (AZM).
After the votes are certified, the number of delegates per slate will be apportioned using a formula outlined in the official election rules which can be found here. The 38th World Zionist Congress is scheduled to be held in Jerusalem from October 20-22, 2020.
To be eligible to vote in the U.S. election for the 38th World Zionist Congress, voters had to: be 18 years of age or above; be a permanent resident of the United States; be Jewish; have not voted in the March 2 Knesset election; and have affirmed their acceptance of the Jerusalem Program.
About the American Zionist Movement (AZM)
The American Zionist Movement (AZM) is comprised of 33 national Jewish Zionist organizations and works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people. Learn more at azm.org.