Procuring a voter ID card does not qualify an individual to vote until their name is registered in the electoral roll. 
Procuring a voter ID card does not qualify an individual to vote until their name is registered in the electoral roll. (Photo: Harsh Sahani/The Quint)
  • 1. Who is Eligible to Vote?
  • 2. How to Register for Voter ID Card & Electoral Roll?
  • 3. How to Check Name in Electoral Roll?
  • 4. How to Update Voter Registration Information?
  • 5. Where and How to Cast Vote?
  • 6. What is Postal Ballot & Proxy Voting?
Voting in India Demystified: Handy Guide on What Every Voter Needs

Polling is underway in 95 Lok Sabha seats spread across 11 states on Thursday, 18 April, in the second phase polling in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

The 2019 general elections officially began on 11 April, as voting kicked off in 91 constituencies across 20 states and union territories on the first day of polling.

In as many as seven phases, roughly 87 crore eligible electors will be partaking in the likely game-changer.

The 2014 general elections saw the highest ever voter turnout in India with 66.4 percent of the electorate casting vote, according to EC data. Out of the total 83.41 crore eligible voters, 55.38 crore people cast their votes. This included roughly 2.3 crore first-time voters.

According to a government notification, the EC is predicting that this year’s general elections will surpass the previous record of highest voter participation, out of which roughly 2.5 crore people are expected to vote for the first time.

With such a wide number of first-time voters, here’s a step-wise guide to voting in India.

  • 1. Who is Eligible to Vote?

    An Indian citizen who is 18 years and above as of 1 January of the polling year, is eligible to exercise their franchise. Similarly, Indian citizens residing abroad are also eligible to take part in the voting process.

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    According to the EC guidelines, only a citizen who is of “unsound mind as declared by a competent court” or is disqualified for “corrupt practices related to elections,” is debarred from voting in India.

    However, in order to vote, it is essential for all the voters to have their names registered in the voter list (also known as the electoral roll) of their respective constituency.

    It should be noted that procuring a voter ID card does not qualify an individual to vote until their name is registered in the electoral roll.
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