With Lok Sabha election 2019 dates announced, the world’s biggest democratic processes has begun. Parliamentary elections are held every five years in India, a process that ends with the people’s vote deciding which political party holds power for the next five years in India. Every eligible voter in India has a say in this process and if you are among them, here’s a handy guide on how to vote in India.
Casting your vote in India is not a complex process but you should be diligent and check whether your name is on the voter list and whether your voter ID card has accurate information. Here’s how you can do that ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019 which will be conducted across India starting April.
Documents required to register as a voter in India
You need three things to register as a voter in India.
Passport sized photographs
Age proof documents (any one document from the following)
Birth certificate issued by Municipal Authorities or district office of the Registrar of
Births & Deaths or Baptism certificate
Birth certificate from the school (Govt. / Recognised) last attended by the applicant or any other recognised educational institution.
If a person in class 10 or more pass, he should give a copy of the mark sheet of class 10, if it contains date of birth as a proof of date of birth.
Marksheet of class 8 if it contains date of birth ; or
Marksheet of class 5 if it contains date of birth ; or
Aadhar letter issued by UIDAI
Residence proof documents (any one of the following)
Bank / Kisan / Post Office current passbook
Income Tax Assessment Order
Latest rent agreement
Latest water / telephone / electricity / gas connection bill for that address — either in the name of the applicant or that of his / her immediate relation such as parents, etc.
Any post / letter / mail delivered through Indian Postal Department in the applicant’s name at the address of ordinary residence.
How to register to vote in India
Follow these steps to register as a voter in India.
Make sure you are eligible to vote in India by checking all the criteria mentioned above.
Go to the National Voter Services Portal’s (NVSP) new voter registration page. Alternatively, you may head to the NVSP website and click Form6, which is below the following text Apply online for registration of new voter/due to shifting from AC.
Fill all the details in this form, and upload a photograph, an age proof document, and a residence proof document.
Once you’ve done this, scroll to the bottom and click Submit.