How to Vote in elections ?

Elections will be held in India every 5 years. In this guide, we will brief you on how to vote for elections in India.

Eligibility

Following people are eligible to cast their vote.

Eligibile to caste Vote

Following people are not eligible to cast their vote.

Not Eligibile to caste Vote

Registration

If you are applying for Voter ID card for first time, you need to fill up Form 6.

If you want to update your address with a new address which is outside of your existing constituency, you have to use Form 6 again. This happens when you move from one city/state to another city/state

If you want to make corrections in your Voter ID card, such as corrections in your name, photo, EPIC number, address, date of birth, age, name of the relative, type of relation, Gender in the Voter ID card, you need to fill up Form 8

If you want to update your address with a new address which is within the same constituency, you have to use Form 8A

Check your name in the Voter ID list

Once you are eligible to cast your vote, you should check whether your name is there in the Voter ID list or not. There are 3 ways in which you can check your name in the Voter ID list.

  • Visiting the electoral search website. Details on how to check your name in Voter ID list is provided here.

  • Call the Voter Helpline at 1950 (with your STD code).

  • SMS space to 1950 . EPIC stands for Electors Photo Identity Card also commonly known as Voter ID card, according to the EC website. 

Find your Polling Booth

While checking your name in Voter ID list, you need to check the place where you need to go to cast your vote. This is mentioned as part number and serial number in your Voter ID card. 

Part number is the code number of the school/place where you go to caste your vote.

Serial number is your roll number in the voter list.

You can find it in the following ways.

  • Online

  • Offline

  • SMS

  • Call

Online Method

Follow the below steps to get part number and serial number from voter ID card online.

Voter ID search by name

  • Enter name of person

  • Enter the captcha code and press Search button

  • You will see the list of people who have the same name as yours.

  • Enter basic details like age, date of birth, state, district etc. to filter it to get the required person

  • Click on View Details to check the details

  • You can see the serial number and part number from there. 

Voter ID Polling booth part number serial number

You can also check the video below for information

Offline Method

You can know your part no. of electoral roll by looking into the part number on the Voter IDs of your family members or neighbors. This is because, if you live in the same area/mohalla, you will have the same part number of electoral roll. On the reverse of his/her Voter ID card, you will find multiple details like sex, date of birth, address, date, assembly, constituency no. and name and part number and name. This will be your part no of electoral roll.

SMS

SMS space to 1950 . EPIC stands for Electors Photo Identity Card also commonly known as Voter ID card, according to the EC website. 

Call

Call the Voter Helpline at 1950 (with your STD code).

Casting your valuable Vote

You can vote only if your name appears in the Voter List (also known as Electoral Roll).If your name is there in Voter list, you need to produce any of the following ID card to vote.

  • EPIC (Voter ID card)

  • Passport

  • Driving License

  • Service Identity Cards with a 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 (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee)

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

  • Pension document with a photograph

  • Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs

  • Aadhaar Card

Once you reach the polling booth, first polling officer checks the ID proof, second polling officer will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A). You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to record your vote.

Voting Process

Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep sound

Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box

You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don't like any candidate; it's the last button on the EVM

Frequently Asked Questions

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