Importance of Voter ID Card 1.1 Proof of Identity 1.2 Casting Votes 1.3 Registration In Electoral Roll Of A Non-Domicile State
Why should you Vote? 2.1 Agent of change 2.2 Every vote counts
2.3 Get heard 2.4 Voting as a responsibility 2.5 Voting as an honor
How to apply for Voter Id Card 3.1 Apply for Voter Id Card Online 3.2 Apply for Voter Id Card Offline
Other Services for Voter Id card 4.1 How to Check Voter ID Card Status Online? 4.2 Voter ID Card Correction/Modification 4.3 Procedure to Get a Duplicate Election Card
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Recommendations from EasyGov to government
The Indian voter ID card is issued by the Election Commission of India. Its main purpose is as identity proof while casting votes. The voter card is issued to all Indian citizens who have attained the age of 18 years and qualify to be a voter. This card is issued to improve the accuracy of the electoral roll and help in preventing cases of electoral fraud. The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body responsible for administering elections in India according to the rules and regulations mentioned in the Constitution of India. In its assigned role, the most crucial challenge before the Election Commission of India is to implement norms and the Model Code of Conduct to ensure free and fair elections in the country.
IMPORTANCE OF VOTER ID CARD
Proof of Identity
The Voter ID card is an important document for Indian citizens as it is a valid form of an identification proof. The Voter ID card is accepted at various offices and institutions which require the individual to furnish a valid form of identification, like insurance companies, making online travel or accommodation bookings, obtaining a new gas connection, opening a new bank account, etc.
The Voter ID card is essential if you wish to cast your vote during any election. If you hold a valid Voter ID card and your name is present in the electoral roll of your local area, you can cast your vote.
Registration In Electoral Roll Of A Non-Domicile State
The Voter ID serves yet another purpose of allowing individuals to register their name in the electoral roll of a state other than their state of domicile. This is especially helpful if a person has migrated from another state and wishes to enroll in the electoral list of his local area / constituency.
WHY SHOULD WE VOTE
Voting in India is a Constitutional right if one is a citizen over 18 years of age. However, that also makes it optional. It has been a tendency among voters, especially in the urban areas, to treat the voting day as a day of rest. While skipping the vote may not seem to cause any harm, the long-term consequences are disastrous. Here’s why every citizen of India must cast his or her vote: 2.1 Agent of change Voting is the agent of change. If the people of India think that the ruling government is not performing its duties satisfactorily, they can show it the door by voting against it. Refraining from doing so can result in the same party, or a worse one, being elected for the next five years. 2.2 Every vote counts in a country so populous, a voter might feel that a single vote does not make any difference. However, the balance tilts when this becomes a national attitude and lakhs—perhaps crores—of votes are not casted. By casting their vote, citizens may not necessarily be able to get the best candidate elected but by avoiding casting their vote they improve the chances of the unsuitable ones winning the polls. At the end, it is only the voter who has to suffer through poor governance. 2.3 Get heard Voting offers every citizen a medium of expression. In a country as vast and diverse as ours, different regions have different concerns and priorities. The process of voting allows every citizen to have a say in what should constitute the matters of importance by voting for the candidate he or she deems fit for the purpose. While it is true that the outcome of elections is seldom predictable, by not casting one’s vote, that citizen is giving up on the chance of getting heard.
2.4 Voting as a responsibility Voting is as much a responsibility as it is a right. The whole edifice of Indian democracy is built on the foundation of voting. If citizens are not careful about casting their vote—or worse, skip their vote altogether—it will jeopardize the existence of our democratic Republic. 2.5 Voting as an honor Voting is an honor conferred on the citizens by the founding fathers. By exercising their right to vote, citizens demonstrate their respect for the history of the country. It can’t be denied that the recent democratic experience in India has not been encouraging. For the past several years, India has been struggling with rampant corruption, unsure economy, and unclear foreign policy. Election after election has seen ineffective governments come to power that have done more harm than good. However, not casting one’s vote will only worsen the condition. It is our duty as responsible citizens of India to make informed decisions and choose the best candidate from those presented. Moreover, with reforms like Right to reject gaining wider support, it wouldn’t be long before the system of elections is improved
HOW TO APLLY FOR VOTER ID
3.1 Applying Election Card Online
Step 1: Log on to the official electoral site of India http://eci.nic.in/. This site is especially created for individuals who wish to register for Voter ID Card online.
Step 2: When you log on to the Home Page you have to look for the New User Registration Option. (Online Registration for Voter ID card) This option is for individuals who want to create a new Voter’s ID. Citizens who already have an ID can fill in their mobile number or e-mail ID and login to the website. This page will then ask you to fill in your registered e-mail ID and mobile number. You will then receive a verification code on your mobile, type it in and verify your details. Your online voter ID Card Registration is complete.
Step 3: Once you are a verified user, you have an account on the website. The next step is to look for FORM-6. This form will ask you to fill in details like your age, date of birth, place of birth, city, district, sex and language. Along with your personal details you also need to upload a scanned passport sized picture, your age proof and your address proof. Click on Submit.
Step 4: After the completion of all the above steps you will get an application number. Be sure to note down this number, as it will be required in the future to check the status of your card. In a few days your will receive your Voter’s ID Card.
3.2 Appling Offline with Voter ID Card Form
To enroll in the voters list, one has to submit a filled in Voter ID Application also called as Form – 6 to the Electoral Registration Officer of the Assembly Constituency. Fill in FORM 6 – and Submit.
SERVICES/CHANGES FOR VOTER ID CARD
4.1 How to Check status of Voter ID card Online?
Login to http://electoralsearch.in/ for checking your voter ID card status.
After logging in, you have to Fill in Name, Date of birth, Gender, State, Fathers name, Consistency
There is an alternative for the above step, you can also enter the EPIC no and state in which you are residing for checking your voter ID card status.
4.2 Voter ID Card Correction/Modification How to Change the Address in Your Voter ID card? How to get Voter ID Transfer?
Changing address if you want to apply for a different polling booth in your assembly constituency or when you have changed the residence within the assembly constituency, you need to fill up Form 8A. This process is called transposition of the voter’s card. But when you have shifted to new place, outside your assembly constituency, you will have to fill up Form 6 again and enroll as a new voter.
Fill up the first part of FORM 8
Part Number as well as Serial Number of the voter list should be entered
Electors Photo Identity Card Number
Fill in the Residential Address of the new place where you are shifted or about to shift
Part Number of the new region of residence or the nearest polling booth where you will carry out your franchise
It is mandatory to submit proof and Xerox copies along with form 8 while applying for address change.
4.3 Procedure to Get a Duplicate Election Card
File an FIR for the loss of Voter ID. Keep a copy with you.
Fill Form 002 for the issuance of duplicate voter ID card.
Fill all required fields in the form.
Attach FIR and necessary documents as Proof of Identity to the form and submit it to your regional chief election commission office and collect the receipt.
You can track the status of your Voter ID card online
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RECOMMENDATIONS FROM EASYGOV TO GOVERNMENT – TO MAKE SERVICE BETTER
EasyGov would like to give several recommendations for faster and more convenient delivery of service to Citizens –
Replacing Voter ID Card with Aadhar Card: Citizens of India can vote but not residents of India. It will be save lot of money for Government and effort from people if citizenship is added in Aadhar card with one layer of verification on citizenship. Currently Aadhar Card only serves the purpose of a verified address proof and not of Citizenship.
Keeping record updated and accurate: Adding some benefit that motivates people to make voter ID card and keep it to their current location. Many people migrates and relocates depending upon their education, job and several other factors but do transfer their name in voter list and do not vote in respective State as well.
Reduce service level for voter ID card: Service level for new or transfer or change in voter ID card is 60 Days that should be reduced to less than a week.
Remove proof of address requirement – Proof of Address requirement should be removed, ID proof should suffice the requirement to establish his Identity for issuing a Voter Id Card. Sometimes it becomes difficult for citizens to provide a current proof of address since a person might have changed his location/residence several times and it is not possible to get a government verified Proof of Address every time a citizen relocates. A self-deceleration of current address should suffice to avail the service. Our Blog on Problem with Address Proof in India – http://easygovindia.blogspot.in/2015/11/do-we-really-need-verified-proof-of.html