5 Must Knows Before You Cast Your Vote

Written By Manya Khare   | Reviewed By Tesz Editorial Contributors | Published on October 04, 2023




Before you step into the voting booth and cast your ballot, let's explore the essential things every voter should know. Your voice matters, and understanding these crucial factors will help you make an informed choice that shapes our future.

1. What documents should I bring with me when I go to vote?

Here is a list of documents you can take to the polling booth.

  • Passport,

  • Driving License,

  • Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies,

  • Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office,

  • PAN Card,

  • Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR,

  • MNREGA Job Card,

  • Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour,

  • Pension document with photograph,

  • Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs, and

  • Aadhaar Card.

2. How can I check if my name is on the electoral roll?

Follow the below steps to check your name on the electoral roll online.

search in electoral roll

  • You can search in 3 ways- ‘search by details’, ‘search by epic’, ‘search by mobile number.’

  • If you ‘Search by details’, enter your personal details and search.

search in electoral roll by details

  • If you ‘Search by EPIC’, enter your EPIC number and select your state.

search in electoral roll by epic number

  • If you ‘Search by Mobile’, enter your registered mobile number and click on ‘Send OTP’ and enter the OTP sent on your mobile.

search in electoral roll by mobile number

  • After entering the details/ epic/ mobile, click on search.

  • Your details will appear in this format. 

search in electoral roll details

3. How can I find information about my polling station and the election officer assigned to it?

Follow the below steps to find information about your polling station and election officer assigned to it.

know your polling station and officer

  • Enter your EPIC number.

know your polling station and officer

  • Enter the captcha and click on search.

polling station and officer details

  • The details will be available in the given format.

4. How to find my part number and serial number?

Follow the below steps to find your part number and serial number online.

find part number and serial number

  • You can search in 3 ways- ‘search by details’, ‘search by epic’, ‘search by mobile number.’

  • Enter your details in which you wish to search. 

  • You can see your details in this format. 

part number and serial number details

  • Click on ‘View Details’ to see the elaborated version.

5. How to Use an Electronic Voter Machine (EVM)?

Follow the below steps to use an EVM machine while casting your vote. 

  • Press the button on the ballot unit against the name or symbol of the candidate of your choice

  • Look for the transparent window of the VVPAT.

  • Look for the printed paper slip 

  • Check the name and symbol of the candidate of your choice.

References

In creating this guide, we have referred to high-quality, credible sources such as official government orders, user manuals, and relevant materials from government websites. 

FAQs

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