Owing to the hectic schedule, unavailability to attend the vote, severe illness, and many other reasons, the trend of online voting in India is on the edge. The first extensive use of e-vote was executed in the USA in 1964. Now India is going to host its biggest festival of democracy in the upcoming March and April in 2019. This is the time of the LokSabha Election. The Indian citizens will choose the ruling party for the nation and as well as the MPs for the next five years. The political parties have planned their propaganda and campaigns.

Now vote is incomplete without the voters. Also, voting is a democratic process and it is a fundamental right of every Indian citizen to cast their vote. But to give vote one needs to know if his/her name is on the voter list or not. In the past, after the election date was declared people would visit their Panchayat office or ward office to inquire about the list. It was quite a time-consuming process. It was not physically possible for many because they lacked time.

But now India is getting a digitalized makeover. The Election Commission of India has launched online voting registration in India. Therefore, this tedious process can be done with just a few clicks. You can check your name on the voter list in your computer, laptop or smartphone at any time any place.  Although E-Voting systemis still a debatable process in India, this online process is going to benefit many people.

But before we describe the process let us tell you something you need to know. You need to know your eligibility to cast a vote.

Eligibility:

  • Indian citizenship
  • Minimum age to cast your vote is 18 years as of 1st January of the year when revision of electoral roll will be held
  • A resident of the part or polling area of any constituency in India for a minimum six months
  • No other disqualification to qualify as an elector/voter

If you have fulfilled all the above eligibility criteria then you can take a part in the election process of the world’s biggest Democratic Nation. This process is simple and anyone can complete them with a smartphone or laptop. Or, if someone does not have a smartphone or computer then also registering online is possible. Just visit the nearest cyber café and get the things done (you need to give a minimal charge to the café owner).

Let us take a look in the process to register online:

  • Visit the official site of National Voters’ Service Portal. The website is www.nvsp.in
  • Click on the blue icon that has the option ‘Apply Online For Registration of New Voter / due to shifting from AC’
  • A new window containing Form-6 will open
  • Enter the details like name, address, date of birth, address etc.
  • Upload the scanned copies of your documents like age proof, address proof etc
  • Upload a scanned image of you
  • Click ‘Submit‘
  • After submission,theacknowledgment will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download this slip for future reference.
  • You can check your application status using this website with your acknowledgment slip.

Voila! You are done with registering.

The documents need to be submitted are:

  1. Age Proof:

If someone is in between 18 to 22 years old then that person needs to submit the age proof.This age proof can be any of the following:-

  • Birth certificate issued by municipal authority or district office of the registrant of Births
  • Birth certificate from last attended government or Govt. recognized Educational Institution
  • Class 10 examination admit (if the person have passed class 10)
  • Mark sheet of class 5 or class 8 if it contains the date of birth
  • Pan Card
  • Aadhar card
  • Driving License
  • Passport
  1. ID Proof:
  2. Passport
  3. Driving license
  4. Student ID Card
  5. Pan Card
  6. Address Proof:

A person must live for six months in the address he/she wants to put in voter card. The recognized address proofs are:-

  • Bank passbook
  • Post office passbook
  • Kisan passbook
  • Ration Card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Latest Rental Agreement
  • Any of the followings on the name of the applicant or that of their parents or spouse:-
    • Water bill
    • Telephone Bill
    • Electricity Bill
    • Gas connection Bill

If any of the above-mentioned documents are on your parents’/spouse’s name then you need a proof of the relationship. So, a birth certificate (in case of parents) must be given in case of parents. Or, marriage certificate (in case of a spouse) must be provided.

How to check if you are registered to vote:

If you want to know whether the voter list has your name or not then there are two ways to check it.

  1. Process 1:

    Click  “Search by Details”

    • Put your name
    • Enter the father’s name or husband’s name
    • Enter your age. Otherwise, you can enter your Date of Birth. To put your date of birth at first select the year. Then choose the month and finally choose the date.
    • Select your gender
    • Select your State from the given options
    • After, select your district  from the given list
    • Now, choose your assembly constituency
    • Click  “search”

For this process, you must have your voter card no. or EPIC No.

  1. Process 2
  2. Vist
  3. Click “Search by EPIC No.”
  4. Enter your EPIC No.
  5. Select your state from the list
  6. Click “search”

These are the steps for online registration for voting and for searching your name in the voter list. So, there is no need to stay in long queues. Just visit the website and follow the directions as per your requirement. Register for voting Online. Become a responsible Indian citizen and take part in India’s Elections.

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