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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: How to cast your vote

BL Internet Desk | Updated on April 11, 2019 Published on April 11, 2019

Casting your vote has become easier than before. This election season, we would like to share a few tips that could make your voting experience worthwhile. After all to vote is not merely a right, it is the duty of every Indian citizen.

How to check if your name is in the voters' list of your Constituency:

1. Cross-check or find out from the authorities concerned

2. Log in to www.electoralsearch.in

3. Call on the Voter Helpline number - 1950 (please add your STD code before dialling)

4. Send an SMS to <ECI> space <EPIC No> to 1950.

EPIC stands for Electors Photo Identity Card also commonly known as Voter ID card).

5. Download 'Voter Helpline' App

Make a note of the date and day your state/constituency goes to polls. Find out about the timings of the voting sessions as well.

You can vote without a Voter ID card.

Carry an identity card with you. Yes, Voter ID card is not compulsory during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. You could use any of the ID cards mentioned below:

1. EPIC (Voter ID card)

2. Passport

3. Driving License

4. Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/ State Govt./ PSUs/ Public Limited Companies

5. Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office

6. PAN Card

7. Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR

8. MNREGA Job Card (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee)

9. Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour

10. Pension document with photograph

11. Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs

12. Aadhaar Card

For first time voters:

At the booth, submit your voter ID card or any other ID card. A polling official, will then ink your finger, give you a slip and request you to sign Form 17A (that is, a register).

You may now proceed to the polling booth.

Cast your vote by pressing the ballot button next to the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); You will hear a beep.

Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip will have the candidate's serial No., name and symbol. It will be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box.

You can opt for NOTA a.k.a. None of the Above, if you don't want to vote for any candidate in your Constituency. This is the last button on the EVM.

Last but most importantly, do not tell anyone who you voted for.

Items not allowed into the polling booth:

Do not carry your mobile phone, camera or any other device while entering the polling booth.

Published on April 11, 2019
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