The Lok Sabha elections in India will begin on April 11, and the counting will be done on May 23. It’s tough to emphasise just how important it is to vote, to get your voice heard. Regardless of who you vote for, the most essential thing is that you go out there and do it.
The requirements to register as a voter are –
1. You are above the age of 18 as of January 1, 2019.
2. You are an Indian citizen.
3. You reside in the polling area of the constituency where you want to be enrolled.
If you fulfill this criteria, you can register online as a general voter by filling in Form 6.
Form 6 is required to enroll a new voter and get a voter ID. You’ll need to attach supporting documents like address proof, identity proof and photographs.
Link to the form here.
If you are an NRI Voter, you need to fill form 6A. Link to the form here.
If you wish to register offline, fill out two copies of Form 6. You’ll also need a passport size photograph and copies of proof of age and residence. These can be submitted to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) of the Assembly Constituency, after which the person will be included in the electoral roll as a voter.
After your application is reviewed, Booth Level Officers (BLOs) will visit your residence to validate the information given. Once the procedures are completed, your Voter ID will be sent to your residential address.
You can check which constituency you belong to here.
You can also call 1950 for any related help, or to lodge grievances.
When it comes to casting your vote, you can find your polling station by going here and clicking on Polling Station Maps.
Once that’s done, visit your polling station, state your name and your father’s name, and cast your vote. Your fingernail will be marked with indelible ink.
The last date for registration for different phases –
1st Phase: Date of Poll: April 11. Last Date of Registration as a Voter: March 25.
2nd Phase: Date of Poll: April 18. Last Date of Registration as a Voter: March 26.
3rd Phase: Date of Poll: April 23. Last Date of Registration as a Voter: April 4.
4th Phase: Date of Poll: April 29. Last Date of Registration as a Voter: April 9.
5th Phase: Date of Poll: May 6. Last Date of Registration as a Voter: April 18.
6th Phase: Date of Poll: May 12. Last Date of Registration as a Voter: April 23.
7th Phase: Date of Poll: May 19. Last Date of Registration as a Voter: April 29.
To check which date you fall under, go here.
And that’s pretty much all you need to know to cast your vote this election season.