Wednesday, April 3, 2019

How to vote in India during Lok Sabha elections 2019

How to vote in elections
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How to vote during Lok Sabha elections 2019

Lok Sabha elections 2019 are listed in seven phases and India is ready to vote and finalize their next PM. Be ready with your Voter ID card and pack yourself with the all the required details needed to vote during the Lok Sabha election period.

Are you ready to vote? What you need to know before voting?

  1. Voting/Election dates: Lok Sabha elections in 2019 are scheduled from 11th April 2019 to 19th May 2019 is seven phases and the results of the elections will be declared on 23rd May 2019.
    Phase 1 – 11th April
    Phase 2 – 18th April
    Phase 3 – 23rd April
    Phase 4 – 29th April
    Phase 5 – 6th May
    Phase 6 – 12th May
    Phase 7 – 19th May

    Visit the website of Election Commission of India for more details on elections.

  2. Be ready with your voter ID. If you are a registered voter then check or verify your name in Voter list or Electoral roll. If your name appears in Voter list or electoral roll then only you can vote. If you are a new voter and yet to register to vote then get yourself registered as soon as possible.
    Also read How to do online voter registration - New voter or shifted to another state.
    how to register and vote online
    Also if you are shifted or relocated to another state or constituency then change/update your address.

    How to check your name in Voter list?
    Online method: Visit National Voters’ Service Portal, enter your EPIC no. and search.
    Telephonic method (by calling): Call the Voter helpline 1950. Add your STD code before 1950.
    Telephonic method (by SMS): SMS <ECI> space <EPIC No> to Voter helpline 1950.

  3. The voter should be aware of the candidate who filed his/her nomination papers from a particular region. Visit here for the details of the candidates’ records.

  4. Find your polling booth where you will vote for your candidate. You may discover your polling booth online at https://electoralsearch.in/, otherwise, you may call Voter helpline 1950 as you did for checking your name in voter list. Also, you may SMS <ECIPS>space<EPIC No> to 1950 to find your polling booth or station.

  5. Download Voter helpline app. This helps voters to find various information related to the election.
    voter helpline app


  6. What you need to carry for voting?
    Voters are not allowed inside the polling booth with a camera, mobile phone or any other electronic gadgets. Carry your recognized identity card for voting or polling. Anyone of the following will do:
    • Voter ID card (EPIC - Electors Photo Identity Card)
    • Passport
    • PAN Card
    • Driving License
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Service Identity Cards with photograph allotted to employees
    • Bank/Post Office Passbooks with a photograph
    • Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR
    • Pension document with a photograph
    • Health Insurance Smart Card 
    • MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee) Job Card
    • Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs

  7. Voting will be done on EVM-VVPAT so get some information on these machines.
    EVM - Electronic Voting Machine
    VVPAT - Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)
Visit Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation for detail guide on voting.

So are you done with your preparation and ready to vote?

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